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Project Implicit

image-implictbiasstereotypesFounded in 1998, Project Implicit seeks to aid us in uncovering and understanding our unconscious biases.  The group has created several tests that include race, weight, disability and religion.  Their goal is “educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a virtual laboratory for collecting data on the Internet.”

While the test is not graded, the site does provide interpretations of the results.  The test is known as the implicit association test or IAT.  To take the test on implicit bias concerning race, also known as the African American – European American IAT, click here.

Dr. Silvia Mazzula in a post titled “But You Speak So Well”: How Latinos Experience Subtle Racism,” provides this noteworthy definition of microaggression: “things said or done – many times unconsciously – that reflect a person’s inner thinking, stereotypes and prejudices. They are difficult to recognize because they are brief, innocuous, and often difficult to see.”  She also shares with readers the effects of microaggressions and why we need to be conscious of their use.

Oliver Burkeman’s recent blog post, “You’re probably more racist and sexist than you think,” suggests that many of us are actually more prejudiced than we might know, pointing out that it is indicated not by observable behavior but “flourishes below the level of conscious thought.”