Implicit Bias and American History

illustrates how applying the social psychology concept of implicit bias to “historical studies of race, human bondage, and post-slavery, might . . . open new revelations and pose new remedies for the issue of race in the United States.”  In response to the comment on his essay that “a term like ‘white supremacy’ might be more useful as an analytical category for historians and social scientists (Yvonne Chireau), Sesay wrote, “I suggest that the science of implicit bias (rather than its unspecific public use) together with historical study could further help identify and explain how conscious and unconscious racialist formations help to perpetuate white supremacy.”  To read the complete essay, click here.

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