|Do we know when we are being biased?|
|Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:04 PM|
“We believe what we see is real,” said Carrigan. “Everyone has it.”
Carrigan explained that these nonexistent dots are like biases. People see them and believe and know they are there when, in most cases they are not. These grey spots can represent the biases people place on women, children, the elderly, racial minorities, people in wheelchairs, and many more.
According to Carrigan, unconscious bias is often not recognized for what it is. People believe set stereotypes to be true and often do not realize that they may be hurting themselves or others. Often times, these biases are passed down to young people from their family and grandparents.
Carrigan went on to say that biases can affect an interview and whether or not someone even receives a job. A study done by MIT showed that people often did not get an interview or job depending on their name and the bias that proceeds it. School teachers are another professional that can highly affect others by their own person stereotypes. Children may get less attention and a completely different education based on whether they are male or female, rich or poor, or white or black.
People attending the speech were each assigned a group that is commonly stereotyped and asked to list the first biases that come to mind about this particular group. Whole lists were made to describe these stereotypes, and Carrigan reminded that these stereotypes do not define every person in this group as we are all unique individuals with unique personalities and traits.
Carrigan encouraged Van Wert locals to support projects that contain positive images in support of other people of all types and to collaborate with affective programs that inspire diversity.