Implicit Racial Bias

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Racial Bias is a form of implicit bias; it is the unspoken prejudice that is embedded within our attitudes and opinions, causing us to conduct unconscious judgements or behaviours that are discriminative towards others. It is can be claimed that “people are either born into their prejudice or form their beliefs at an early age. Once they are formed, nothing will change them.” However, I will argue that this statement is incorrect, and how consequently, that implicit racial bias can be reduced with experience. It is key to recognise that unconscious stereotypes don’t remain forever, through experience, individuals can be taught to unlearn the implicit racial bias from our minds so that we may not discriminate towards anyone in the future.

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Jane Elliott's Group Prejudice Experiment ‘Blue Eyes vs. Brown Eyes’ (Elliot, 2002) has become a revolutionary experiment with the purpose of exposing how discrimination and prejudice remains prevalent in our culture in the 21st century. In separating the students into social culture groups, grounded exclusively on their eye color, the brown eyed people would be ridiculed, discriminated, and though less of, and the blue eyed people would be encouraged to take part in this. However, when this experiment was changed to the blue eyed people being ridiculed and discriminated the following lesson, the brown eyed people where a lot less likely to participate in the torment, because they knew themselves how the victimising felt. These experiment demonstrations how successful experience is in the purpose of changing people's racial bias in a group…show more content…
2012) reveals how experience can ultimately change people's implicit racial bias for the long term. Over the twelve-week study, the participants where trained into eliminating implicit racial bias through educating of the causes and effects of implicit racial bias, and providing the strategies necessary for irradiating implicit racial bias. The People allocated to the intervention participant group exhibited significant results, in comparison to the control group who did not. Evidentially, through these two habit breaking intervention experiments, it is revealed that implicit racial bias and prejudice is effectively reduced successfully through
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