Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
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There is a difference between biases and prejudices. A bias is merely one’s slant or one’s perspective on something. A prejudice is an uninformed or unreasonable bias that generally leads to intolerance, discrimination, and irrational hatred. While biases ought always be open to examination, they need not always be bad, nor always need to be discarded. Prejudice, however, need to be exposed and discarded.
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I agree Bill I think her point was balanced in that regard. I saw it more as a warning not to let our biases lead to prejudice. Thanks for taking the time to engage the conversation. Conversation is always encouraged.
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