While forming a proposal for my research project last year, I could hardly contain my excitement. I wanted to have a profound effect on my community and the world around me. I knew that I was about to embark on a very interesting, and more importantly, meaningful journey. However, discussion of the topic for my independent research project, implicit bias, typically evokes a response of confusion or insincere interest. It is clear to me that very few people truly understand the importance of implicit bias and its impact on our world. Even though I find this disappointing, it only strengthens my desire to complete the project.
Implicit bias has a heavy influence on the world around us, but many are completely unaware of how frequently our biases impact us. From employment to everyday interactions, implicit bias can sway our seemingly impartial decisions. It effects the way we interact with others before we have even introduced ourselves. Although we may not realize it, our subconscious minds hold prejudice regarding race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, able bodiedness, etc. There are very few decisions made that our biases do not effect, but the majority of these decisions do not have a fatal outcome.
Recently, implicit bias has become a ‘buzz word’ of sorts, and recent popularity in the media can be attributed to its connection to police brutality. The overwhelming number of cases of white on black police brutality all point to racial motives; however, police officers are insistent in claiming they are not racist. Although some police officers may not hold a conscious level of racial prejudice, it is clear that their actions are being influenced by implicit bias.
There is a dire need to find an effective solution for this problem, and this is why I am taking on an independent research project.
http://daily-work.org/do-you-have-implicit-bias/ (featured image)