Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People


In a new book,  Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji and University of Washington social psychologist Anthony Greenwald assert that in modern day America, prejudice comes NOT from a hatred of certain groups, but of a preference of one’s own personal in-groups.

“Discrimination today is less about treating people from other groups badly, DiTomaso writes, and more about giving preferential treatment to people who are part of our “in-groups.”

In theory that sounds very nice:  people don’t really hate other people; they just like some people more!

Which is all fine and dandy until you recognize that an “in-group” includes people of one’s own race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.   Continue reading


Equal Pay Day

Equal Education, Unequal Pay


Happy Equal Pay Day, everyone!  Today represents “how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012.”

I know I don’t have to tell you that there is a wage gap.  I’ve already done that here and here.  (And don’t even get me started on the non-believers.)  But I do highly recommend you read this article “How Pay Inequity Hurts Women of Color,” which also discusses immigrants, lesbians, and Millennials.

I want to talk about what that wage gap means.

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