Unlearning Implicit Bias
“Unlearning Implicit Bias” explores the concept of bias, particularly in the context of race. It delves into how biases, often stemming from historical racism, impact BIPOC individuals and communities. The zine not only helps the readers to identify these biases but also provides insights on unlearning and dismantling them. With a focus on understanding the roots of race-related biases, the zine offers a practical guide for youth to cultivate awareness and foster positive change in their attitudes and interactions. This is part of the collaborative 4-part zine series, #IYKYK. Download the PDF to see additional resources.
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- Implicit bias
Why Learn About It?
Everyone has implicit biases and rather than using this as an excuse to defer responsibility to unpack those biases, this means that we all have a collective responsibility to dismantle our respective biases. Deep and consistent self-reflection is a crucial step in dismantling oppression and advancing racial equity. The hope is that this zine empowers youth to reflect on how they can actively interrupt and dismantle biases encountered in their daily lives. By addressing the complexities of dismantling biases and fostering resilience, it aims to instill a sense of agency in the readers, encouraging them to become active participants in the ongoing journey toward a more inclusive and just society.
Before Reading Questions
- Go over the definition of implicit bias and have students journal on the prompts below. Share with them that they won’t have to share their reflections with anyone else.
a. Write about a time when you were biased against another person. What happened? What was the impact of that bias?
b. Write about a time when someone else was biased towards you. What was the impact of that bias on you? How did you feel?
- Ask students what some of the feelings were when someone was biased towards them. Use this as a segue of the importance for everyone to unpack their implicit biases.
After Reading Questions
- Have students complete Harvard’s Implicit Association test, consider completing the follow-up activities from Baylor University.
- Have students individually reflect on any biases or stereotypes that they‘ve heard from their families.
a. Have them consider and/or research– where does that bias stem from?
b. Where can we see this being reflected in society? Our own communities? Our families?
c. How do we continue to perpetuate them in our own lives?
d. Brainstorm on what they can do to disrupt their respective family’s implicit biases
- Optional Activity: Have students choose a trusted adult to speak more about the topic of implicit bias. What topics comes up? What is something new you learned? What is something you still want to know more about?
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