Let’s discuss and share these ideas about implicit bias with others around us:
- Start at home with our family, our children.
- Then, grow our circle of community impact. Talk about it with our friends, make it a topic for a Sunday school class, book club or community association meeting.
- If we collectively flex our civic muscles, we can insist that our city or county government also work to dismantle their own harmful implicit bias in important areas like: education, housing or policing.
Following are some ideas and resources to support you in reaching out into your community.
Calling all Educators!
Help your students learn tolerance, and also help them understand about bias. Teacher’s Tools courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In a book club?
Suggesting one of these books for your next reading choice can be a great way to broaden the conversation on bias to your friends, and develop a deeper understanding, yourself.
Our Police Serve and Protect Everyone
Police are human, too. They have implicit biases just like the rest of us, no better, no worse. Training Matters! It has been shown that sophisticated simulation training can help our police officers to be less likely to automatically react to their biases. Classroom training on implicit bias is good, but not enough. What can really make a difference in those moments that matter is having been through real life simulations. What is your local police force doing to help their officers recognize and overcome their implicit biases?
We shouldn’t forget that some of us, even our children can be biased against police officers, especially in challenging neighborhoods. There are some great programs out there to build trust between police officers and the children in their communities.
Be inspired by some of the great volunteer work being done by our men and women in blue in Charleston, SC. Read about Camp Hope, Charleston.
Putting police mentors in the lives of at risk children can build a connection. Read about the TAPS 11 week program.
Help Your Local Government Become Inclusive
Learn more about the Racial Equity Alliance.The Government Alliance on Race and Equity is a national network of governments working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. They have tools, resources, events and training to assist local governments in their search to build a more inclusive community.
Finding a Home
Where we choose, or are able to live, plays a significant role in shaping us and our children.
Do you work at or own a real estate agency? Have you ever discussed explicit or implicit bias with your agents? This can be a great way to open up a dialogue about the silent sorting that may be going on in our communities, separating us from each other based on where we live.
Books like The Big Sort, can be interesting reading for any of us, but especially those of us involved in helping people find and choose their homes.