Posts Tagged "White Mind"

We Can Change Our Minds II

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | Comments Off on We Can Change Our Minds II

We Can Change Our Minds II

Are We Born Racist? (see intro post) offers further insights into how we can affect the prejudices our brains automatically manufacture. I’ve gleaned from the book that there are two sources of implicit bias. I’ll call them Sorting (the instantaneous calculations our minds use to place people into in-group – “Us” – and out-group – “Not Us”), and Associations (the cultural messages we absorb.) Sorting seems to be hardwired into human brains and therefore not a function we can turn off. “Conditioned by millennia of tribal warfare and...

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We Can Change Our Minds

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | Comments Off on We Can Change Our Minds

We Can Change Our Minds

My first encounter with brain research on bias was a talk entitled “Mind Bugs: The Science of Ordinary Bias,” presented by Harvard researcher Mahzarin Banaji at Bates College in February 2010. Banaji explained that as our brains categorize people into “like us” and “different from us,” a universal function, we have “zero experience that this is happening.” Because it’s unconscious, we can’t control the implicit bias that is the brain’s method of imposing order. What we can influence is what we tell the brain to do with that...

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Our Brains on Race

Posted by on Mar 12, 2011 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | 6 comments

Our Brains on Race

Recently I read Are We Born Racist? New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology, a collection of short essays originally published in Greater Good Magazine. It’s a highly accessible overview of recent findings documenting the prevalence of implicit, or unconscious, bias, and offering concrete steps to ameliorate the prejudices our brains form.     There are so many juicy ideas packed into this slim volume, divided into three sections: The New Psychology of Racism, Overcoming Prejudice, and Strengthening Our Multiracial Society.   The book has inspired a series of posts...

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Voices of Adoption

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Changing White Mind, Transracial Adoption | 4 comments

Voices of Adoption

  Anyone connected to adoption from any angle should check out the first issue of a brand-new magazine, The Adoption Constellation. It will be a quarterly print publication from Adoption Mosaic, a website which seeks “to create a safe space where adoption community members can voice their experience, dialogue about issues, and learn from one another.”   I’m honored to have been invited to adapt my “White Mind” columns, directly addressing white adoptive parents of children of color. Many of the articles in the magazine touch on aspects of transracial adoption.  ...

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White Mind, Part II

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010 in Changing White Mind, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Race & Culture | 5 comments

White Mind, Part II

This piece appears in my column, “The Illustrator’s Perspective” in the current issue of the Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:   Part I defined White Mind as the unconscious patterns of thought and behavior resulting from socialization as a white American, and one of the causes for the low representation of people of color in all aspects of the children’s book field today. Part II offers ways to make White Mind conscious and change resulting behaviors. (I directly address white readers here, though I hope it’s provocative for...

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