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MaximusGrande14 karma

I attended an implicit bias training event last year. I went with a very open mind hoping to learn a lot. Unfortunately I did not find the event terribly inspiring or helpful. Instead I felt like the speaker went out of her way to shame the white attendees and convince them that they are racist.

When we did a race association exercise to demonstrate that we all have some sort of implicit bias I could not for the life of me tell the difference between pictures of Caucasians and Latinos.

I know that I probably do hold biases (everyone does), but is the point of these trainings to help people recognize and overcome these biases or to guilt people?

Has implicit bias training been proven to actually help people overcome their racial biases?

MaximusGrande6 karma

Thank you for your response. The speaker we had is nationally recognized and highly regarded, which is why I found my experience so surprising.

But back to my second question, has implicit bias training actually been proven or shown to help people overcome their racial biases?

MaximusGrande3 karma

I had a wisdom tooth that needed to go. I put it off for six months because I was terrified of being put under for it. Finally the darn thing got infected while I was on vacation in another state. I found a dentist who would take me on an emergency basis. He gave me a shot of Novocain and yanked it out in a few seconds. The immediate relief was unbelievable. I popped two Advil and sat by the pool with an ice pack for a few hours. I was able to eat normal food for dinner, too. I definitely wish I had not put off getting it removed sooner.

MaximusGrande2 karma

I think it is very important to understand if current training techniques are effective or possibly even come with negative consequences.