Here’s what I’m reading about race in America.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
John McWhorter, The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility, The Atlantic.
Ruchika Tulshyan, How to Reduce Personal Bias When Hiring, Harvard Business Review.
Sabrina Siddiqui, Majority of Voters Say U.S. Society Is Racist as Support Grows for Black Lives Matter, The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post, How John Lewis caught the conscience of the nation
I highlight these books and articles because they contain a range of viewpoints on this challenging and delicate subject.
One takeaway for business leaders is that there’s a difference between attitudinal and affinity bias.
Attitudinal bias is prejudice. It is a conscious choice to de-value someone based on race, sex, creed, color, or any other distinction.
It is disgusting, abhorrent, and pathetic.
Affinity bias, on the other hand, is a common, unconscious tendency to gravitate towards those who look, think, and act the way you do.
Both biases tilt the playing field for some groups over others. One does so intentionally; one does not.
Fifty-six percent of Americans, according to a recent WSJ/NBC poll, believe that Black and Hispanic Americans face discrimination.
Once you know about affinity bias and accept that you probably have it, you can do something about it.
And now you know about it.
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