Rethinking implicit bias in wake of McKinney incident

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Raleigh News & Observer

Implicit bias is a trending term of art in discussions of race relations. Attention to the concept has followed events in Ferguson, Staten Island and now McKinney, Texas. In plain words, implicit bias is an unconscious prejudice, an involuntary attitude or stereotype.

According to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, implicit biases have several important features – notably that everyone has these hidden biases, and they are “not accessible through introspection.” Fortunately, we don’t need to rely on introspection. Researchers at Harvard have conveniently provided online access to their instrument, the Implicit Association Test, or IAT.