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InYourFaceNewYorker's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by InYourFaceNewYorker

Just started listening to the audiobook. This sounds like it's going to be a great book.

My unconscious bias confession:

I worked at a summer camp. There was a black kid who had some behavior problems. Another counselor pointed out that we focused on him because he was black and large. He pointed out that a short white kid, who had some behavior problems too, wasn't getting discussed as much. I realized he was right and my consciousness was raised. Later, however, it was becoming increasingly obvious that the black kid had more significant behavior problems (we had to send him home; he started getting into physical fights whereas the white kid didn't). However, the important thing is that in the beginning when we had this discussion the black kid's behaviors seemed more obvious to us because of his color and large build.

Raising your consciousness is good!

Julie

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 02:21:59 UTC | #930028