The story in Jodi Picoult’s new novel validates the premise of my work – that the first step in reducing bias and its impact on others is to become aware of our own bias. My emotional reaction to the story confirmed that I still feel called to find more and better ways to help reduce unconscious bias.
Tolerance beats intolerance, but it is merely “putting up with.” We must move to valuing and appreciating difference – not tolerating it.
The Millennial generation is more diverse and more comfortable with racial and cultural diversity than prior generations. Is this reason to hope that racial bias will disappear? Most people think so. But is it true?
Do you feel insulted if someone says you are “privileged”? “Privilege” is simply the absence of negative bias — and of the barriers that arise from bias. Understanding that others do face bias enables us to dismantle our own biases or mitigate their consequences.