Implicit Bias


Implicit bias refers to unconscious stereotypes toward a group of people that affect our understanding, actions and decisions. Implicit biases can be positive or negative and they affect us without our awareness or control. A person can unknowingly prefer one racial group to another without being a vocally and consciously racist individual. For example, a white man who does not consider himself to be racist or sexist may unconsciously consider other white men while conducting job interviews compared to black people or to women. He does not intentionally have a higher opinion of the white men he interviews but implicit bias can play a role in his consideration. Such implicit biases can have seriously negative consequences in the advancement of racial, religious and sexual minorities.

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