This test will tell you whether you're prejudiced without knowing it. Here's how it works.

Mahzarin Banaji, a Harvard professor and professional not-racist, developed a test that determined whether or not a person has racist biases with two colleagues. When she took the test herself, it told her she was biased.Her first thought was, “Something's wrong with this test."

In an interview with The Boston Globe she said:

"I've spent a lot of my life thinking about these issues. I am, myself, an immigrant. I was aware of the history of black-white relations; I had strived in my own life to practice what I believe. And among my peers, I have the reputation of someone who understands these issues and cares about them. I should certainly not have trouble."

Here's how the test works.


First you'll match good things and bad things.

Then you match people with race.

Then it gets combined.

You'll see faces and words and match them. "European American" and "Good" is on one side and "African American" and "Bad" on the other side.


Then it gets switched.

You'll see faces and words again, but this time "European American" and "Bad" share a side while "African American" and "Good" share a side.

If you do both tasks at the same speed, then congrats!

But if there is big difference in the speed, it means you have a hard time associating a race with an attribute opposite of your unconscious beliefs.


But why do we need a test? We all know what racism looks like.

It offends us. We don't want to be associated with it in any way. When we see or hear it from the people foremost in our society, we are quick to denounce it and demand change.

These celebrities were swiftly, severely, and publicly shamed for making EXPLICITLY racist statements.

We don't need a test to tell us when something is explicitly racist. It's obvious on its face. But explicit bias isn't the only kind of bias out there making the world a more bummery place to be.

We need a test because implicit bias is different. It's insidious and hard to spot.

Here's how Ohio State University's Kirwan School for the Study of Race and Ethnicity defines implicit bias.

"Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.

These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual's awareness or intentional control.

Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness.

Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection."





It doesn't show itself in glaringly discriminatory words and deeds. It shows itself in tiny behavioral patterns that are hard to spot until you examine society as a whole.

It's not that women are just worse at running companies or that black men should be punished harder. Some other force is at work.

If you show a bias, don't take it personally. Almost everyone does. (I did too!) Take it as a moment to celebrate because now you know more about yourself than you did before.

Use that knowledge to make sure you're doing your best to give everyone a fair shake.

More

There's nothing like a good reunion story to get you misty in the ol' tear ducts. Kate Howard, the managing editor of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, shared a story of randomly running into the dog she used to foster on Twitter. You know all those dog reunion movies? The ones with names like A Dog's Hope and A Dog's Sloppy Kiss? The ones that make you cry buckets no matter how hard you think your heart is? Well, this is that, but in real life.

Keep Reading Show less
popular

The great thing about American democracy is the separation of powers. The federal government has rights, states have rights, counties have rights, cities have rights, and we, as people, have rights, too.

Heck, even animals have some rights in the good ol' U S of A.

The president of the United States is not a king or a dictator so a team of U.S. mayors, led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, are asking to go over his head to negotiate directly at next month's UN climate change conference in Santiago, Chile.

Keep Reading Show less
popular
Instagram / James Van Der Beek

About one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage, although it is believed the number might be higher because many miscarriages occur before the woman knows she is pregnant. Miscarriage is actually quite common, yet many people who've had one feel alone, partly because there's still a taboo around talking about it. In order to reduce the stigma surrounding the loss, James Van Der Beek opened up about the struggles him and his wife, Kimberly, experienced.

The Van Der Beeks, who have been married since 2010, have five children and one on the way. In a pre-taped segment on "Dancing with the Stars," Van Der Beek announced that his family will be welcoming a new baby. But the segment gave us a more personal look as Van Der Beek revealed they've experienced three miscarriages as well. "We've had five kids and three miscarriages," Van Der Beek told his dance partner, Emma Slater. "Miscarriage is something that people don't really talk about, and we wanted to recognize that it happens to people. We wanted to destigmatize that as much as we possibly could."

Keep Reading Show less
popular
Courtesy of Capital One

It was around Christmas 2018 and Jean Simpkins, 79, was looking out the window of her new three-bedroom apartment. Eleven floors above Washington, D.C., the grandmother of two gazed out at the lights of the city and became overwhelmed with gratitude. "The only thing I could say," Simpkins remembers, "was 'Thank you, Father.'"

Almost a year later, Simpkins still can't help but look at the apartment as a miracle — one she desperately needed. Fifteen years ago, when her grandson was born, she became his primary caregiver. Six years later, when her granddaughter was four, Simpkins was awarded full custody of her, too. She's spent the time since trying to give her grandchildren the life she knows they deserve, which has been difficult on a fixed income. On top of that, Simpkins worried that the neighborhood the family resided in wasn't the best influence on her kids. Something had to change.

Then she learned about Plaza West, a new development created by Mission First housing that would reserve 50 of its apartments specifically for families in which a grandparent or other older adult was raising children who were related to them. The waiting list, Simpkins says, was daunting. There are a great deal of grandfamilies in the D.C. area and she was sure it might be years before she got the call. But soon after applying, she was offered a choice between a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom apartment. She accepted the latter, sight unseen. She knew that each of her grandchildren needed space of their own.

Keep Reading Show less
Future Edge
True
Capital One