Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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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

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Equal Pay Day

Equal Education, Unequal Pay

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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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