Unconscious Bias And Debates About Race

Unconscious Bias And Debates About Race

Social science research says we all carry unconscious bias that affects how we react to people different from us, in settings from medicine to criminal justice.

Few people would suggest there is no racism in this country, but few would describe themselves as racist. In the wake of the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, social scientists are pointing to unconscious bias to explain the disconnect. They say such bias can affect our actions in everything from medicine to criminal justice. Kojo explores unconscious bias and how to counteract it.

Guests

Howard Ross

Author, "Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance" (Rowman & Littlefield); also Principal, Cook Ross

Shankar Vedantam

Science Correspondent, NPR; Author of "The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives" (Random House, 2010)

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