Expand your mind: Racial bias and the justice system

Yesterday’s post about the benefits of diversity in education leads right into today’s topic: racial bias and our US justice system. How so? In this country we have what is known as a “school to prison pipeline,” in large part thanks to the evil combination of the lack of diversity in education and our for-profit prison system. If you are passionate about this topic you may be familiar with the work of Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, sociology professor at Stanford University, 2014 MacArthur Fellow, and head of the SPARQ program at Stanford.

If you are not familiar with Dr. Eberhardt’s work, you might find these lectures about racial bias in the justice system relevant, enlightening, and disquieting. Presented here in four parts:

Did you know? Only 17% of white people spend any time thinking of racial issues. via Dr. Jennifer EberhardtClick To Tweet

The stereotype of blacks as hostile or criminal is one of the strongest and hardest to change. Dr. Jennifer EberhardtClick To Tweet

Blacks are grossly over-represented in US prisons and jails, in part due to implicit bias. Dr. Jennifer EberhardtClick To Tweet

As Dr. Eberhardt says: “have mercy.”

You can help stem this tide of hate and implicit bias in many ways.

When you see a kid starting a literacy program like this one? Support it. When you see organizations pop up like Black Girls Code and Defy Ventures? Support them. Give to organizations like the ACLU, NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Black Girl Dangerous, or Southern Poverty Law Center? That’s right – put your money where your mouth is. The number of organizations trying to solve this problem is both encouraging (there are a lot of them) and daunting (there are a lot of them) we know – so also download Buoy Up and use it every day. We ensure you can help every time you see a need.

Image credit PBS/MacArthur Foundation