Cutting the Bull — When Implicit Bias is Used to Euphemize White Supremacy

Implicit bias is being used interchangeably with Racially discriminatory behavior, known and explicit in its prejudice, and implicit bias as a term is nothing more than another attempt at disinfecting White Supremacism and Racism by making it appear animosity occurs without any prior awareness.

Dr. Cynthia Alease Smith

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It always gives me pause whenever I come across the terms “unconscious bias” or “implicit bias” when it comes to Race in general, and specifically Race as Color and Race as Character. It is important at the outset to distinguish between the kinds of bias whose origins are benign, like favoring frozen yogurt over gelato, or even the desire to date tall men over short men. Everyone has biases that rest in the recesses of the mind, some are always present and others only surface when the subject meets the bias head-on.

This essay discusses the terms when used to mislead the public into believing Racial bias falls within the category of implicit and/or unconscious because these terms are also the go-to explanations for expressions of Racial hostility by people identifying as white toward Black people today. As far as I am concerned, neither implicit bias nor unconscious bias provides an adequate justification for behavior generations old and is consistently reinforced daily through entertainment and political media interpretations.

The attempt by psychologists and sociologists to justify racial biases is similar to how eugenics was justified as evolutionary behavior in the past. White Supremacism and its associated behaviors are provided equivalence with the more benign types of biases creating yet another cover, a euphemism that lasted 28 years so far. In fact, in this 21st century, these terms are used interchangeably with prejudice and to describe Racism itself. Much too often, anything Racial where the specificity is among the binaries of Black and white, superior and inferior, or good and bad, is hidden behind benign illustrations of bias. To provide the necessary magnitude in terms of irrationally biased views, gender, and sexual representations are often…

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Dr. Cynthia Alease Smith

Anti-Racism Essayist & Educator offering discussions about Race, Racism, White Supremacy and the language used, from perspectives not ordinarily considered.