What are your biases? Take a test and find out!
By Arrianee LeBeau KVAL News
EUGENE, Ore - What are your biases? Take a test and find out. Oregon State Associate Professor Jean Moule said we all have. But the key is being able to identify them. But when they are unconscious, it may be harder to do than you think.
The Implicit Association Test helps you identify areas in which bias may have crept into your life.
"Racism whether it is a unintentional or intentional still is painful," said Moule.
Moule lead a workshop on unintentional racism and unconscious bias at the 2nd Annual"Close the Achievement Gap" African American Conference. Parents, teachers and administrators were some of the attendees.
Arbella Luvert works for the 4J School District and said this is one way they are trying to raise awareness about race in the community.
"What we want people to do is get the knowledge and skills that we need to have the conversations and understand the different cultural backgrounds of all," said Luvert.
According to Moule open communication is key to breaking down biases. She said having a conversation with people you believe you may be biased against in a gentle manner can help eliminate your notions about them.
And eventhough having this conversation may be dificult, Moule said it is the best way for people to develop an understanding of one another.
I took a morning walk in the Alton Baker Park area and got a few photos of the Fall colors. I think our long HOT summer took a toll on the trees as many had a rather drab color to them. Some were not that bad though. And it is still just a little early for some of them to have a more vibrant color.