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do you want to know your hidden biases on Race or Gender?


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  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 34785 replies1076 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Personally I agree
    I prefer people that I perceive to be like me- and my past experiences have slanted that preference.
    I am aware of that preference- and on an individual level don't believe that it harms my relationships more than anyone elses biases do, but no amount of "conditioning" is going to negate my past experiences
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  • ldmom06ldmom06 5388 replies176 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Well...back from UIL...

    I think I was misinterpreted. I am actually surprised at my test results...I expected opposite...and was hoping for no bias. I honestly think I had an unusual childhood that may explain it though. Where I lived, I was the minority. My family was fortunate and lived in the best part our town which was literally about 5 miles from the border. Some of my neighbors were white, most Hispanic. My sister and I were best friends our next door neighbors, the Martinez sisters...their father owned a chain of drygoods stores across the Valley. One of my closest friend's father was the mayor...also Hispanic. The adults I respected, my teachers, my principal, were not all Anglo. The people I loved were also not all Anglo. My point is....I didn't grow up learning you had to look a certain way (white) to be successful, prominent, respected or happy. Which is why I think when I took the test and saw an African American face with smiling eyes...I thought "happy", not "African American".

    In my rush to make it to the band contest, I may have come off as smug. Nothing could be further from the truth. I consider myself lucky.

    And if you want a real anomaly...I voted Republican in the last two presidential elections...HARDLY politically correct....so chew on that one for a while...lol!
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  • fendergirlfendergirl 4606 replies158 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I found it pretty lame. I found my self hitting the wrong key just by accident because i forgot they switched sides. It told me I had a slight automatic preference.. but the only ones I got wrong were at the end when I was used to hitting the one word and i tricked myself.
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  • FrddyGVFrddyGV 616 replies18 threadsRegistered User Member
    Your data suggest a moderate automatic preference for European American compared to African American.

    I only made 2 mistakes though.. hmm
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  • MissouriGalMissouriGal 109 replies20 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    How do you know if you got one wrong? And how do they determine that you have an automatic bias? I took the test and read the FAQ, but I still don't know. I thought I answered them all correctly (although I was guessing on some of the people's faces as to which race they were, of course). I am white, and it said I have a strong automatic preference for African Americans.
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