Biased

Jennifer L. Eberhardt
"A fascinating new book... [Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is] a genius."--Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah "Poignant....important and illuminating."--The New York Times Book Review "Groundbreaking."--Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy From one of the world's leading experts on unconscious racial bias come stories, science, and strategies to address one of the central controversies of our time How do we talk about bias? How do we address racial disparities and inequities? What role do our institutions play in creating, maintaining, and magnifying those inequities? What role do we play? With a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us the language and courage we need to face one of the biggest and most troubling issues of our time. She exposes racial bias at all levels of society--in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and criminal justice system. Yet she also offers us tools to address it. Eberhardt shows us how we can be vulnerable to bias but not doomed to live under its grip. Racial bias is a problem that we all have a role to play in solving.

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Reviewed: 2020-10-03

The first half of the book mixes studies/research with ancedotes to make it clear that our brains are built for bias. We create categories in our mind and then take people, experiencies, things, etc that we encounter in life and put them into categories. This leads to making generalizations and leads to bias. For example, if you grow up and most of the black people that you see are seen on the news and seen because they committed a crime, your brain automatically starts to associate black people with crime. The second half of the book goes over more ancedotes, which was not valuable. Sadly, not much help is given for how to combat bias, which is what I was hoping the second half would cover.

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