Unconscious Bias

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    May 26, 2013 4:26 PM GMT
    Unconscious bias- we all have it. Many people are quick to defend that they are not racist- that it’s “just a preference.” However, it seems hardly anyone ever talks about why they have that racial preference to begin with. Some people do no think about the underlying reason that preference exists, which is the reason why “it’s just a preference” can be frustrating to hear for those that do not fit the white centric, European-based standard that you see posted on many billboard, commercial, and magazine covers. I believe the reason why there have been so many race/dating preference threads is because we wind up only scratching the surface of the problem- we hear just the superficial reasons such as "I just prefer x over y" or "I like x's type of features."

    In this article by Psychology Today, it's been found that even the most educated people will deny healthcare to people who need it on the basis of race. If someone educated can discriminate on something so life threatening, why can’t we see that we could easily discriminate on something as mundane as dating preferences? Article: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/between-the-lines/201204/studies-unconscious-bias-suggest-racism-not-necessarily-perpetrated-ra

    The truth is, we are all biased to some level; just not everyone recognizes it. For those of you who have thought “it’s just a preference” why do you think you have a certain bias toward one race and not another?
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    May 26, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
    Yup, absolutely! Xristian, straights,republicans ... as soon as I find out who they are a wall goes up.
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    May 26, 2013 8:12 PM GMT
    I agree with you completely. I made a similar post when I first joined the group and caught hell for it from most people. I do think it's important to judge everyone as an individual but (IMO) people that say they have no bias either don't know themselves well or just haven't met enough people yet.
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    May 26, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidYup, absolutely! Xristian, straights,republicans ... as soon as I find out who they are a wall goes up.


    Well Im with you as far as Christians and republicans are concerned. I don't mind most straight people. Most of the heterosexuals I know are gay allies. However I will admit I have a prejudice towards Christians and republicans especially if they are both. This is unfair though. I've met many roeublican Christians who are very pro gay.
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    Sep 12, 2013 3:45 AM GMT
    nicely put. although im not sure if many people would own up to that