Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection.
The implicit associations we harbor in our subconscious cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance.
Share with some of the strategies you will use to support students during these conversations. Remember, only the student holding the talking piece can speak. Where possible, try to relate the discussion back to existing classroom rules. Guarantee that you will not read or share their letters. Have students open their letters at the end of this lesson series and give them the opportunity to write a postscript, sharing what they have learned and how they may have changed since they first wrote the letter.
Have students write a letter to themselves in which they discuss their fears and hopes for talking about The New Jim Crow with their teacher and classmates.
Time and time again, the vast majority of people respond differently to the bike theft depending on the identity of who is stealing the bike. Conclude by showing this short video clip about selective attention.
The clip illustrates that we tend to see only what we’re primed to see. Jett: [to a new student, Leila] Everyone here is pretty cool, except for Apple. Pause (ask students): What are the ramifications of Apple’s initial comment?Students do not have to identify if they believe the stereotype or where they learned it. Use your judgment to determine how student responses will be shared. Explain that stereotypes such as these are sometimes expressed in racist jokes, slurs and images or through actions such as blatant discrimination or even violent hate crimes.I listen in amazement at your interpretations of the world and laugh at corny nine-year-old’s jokes.I can’t fathom how you’ve managed to turn those little baby digits I loved to kiss into the long, graceful fingers—adorned at the tips in blue and purple designer colors—that now dance so expertly across your violin strings. As much as I think of you as my gift to the world, I am constantly made aware that there are those who see you otherwise.5 = I am very comfortable talking about race/racism. Every time you present, I can’t believe you’re a product of public schools. Stereotypes are based on images in mass media or reputations passed on by parents, peers and other members of society.Introduce students to frequently used terms in The New Jim Crow. Stereotypes can be positive or negative but are always harmful. List the following identity groups on the board: 4.These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness.Explain this is the idea of implicit bias: stereotypes or biases against groups of people that may be in our heads even though we do not want them to be.Provide more definition and description of implicit bias, such as this discussion from the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity: “Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.