My experience with taking the implicit bias test was different and felt a little awkward because I had to press a specific key on the keyboard and what I saw on the screen, so it threw me off a little. After completing the implicit bias test, I learned that I am not racially biased alone, and I had no automatic preference between Black and White people. Thus, I measured the strength of the relationship between different groups and their corresponding stereotypes towards a particular subject or group of people. This further offered a clear picture of how humans perceive those in their external groups. In my case, I took the Race Attitude Implicit Association Test. I decided to take this test because it offers an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into relationships concerning different concepts such as racial groups such as African American people and the LGBTQ+ community and allows room for evaluation between good and evil. Therefore, this confirmed my bias about why I prefer and feel comfortable working with specific groups and why I get anxious interacting or working with others.

The self-awareness theme that has prevailed throughout week one is an unconscious bias where people tend to have certain stereotypes towards other groups of people outside their circle of conscious awareness. Most of the time, these conscious awareness circles tend to be too stereotyped to limit the opportunity to enjoy the good and learn from the bad qualities of other groups.

For me, I am comfortable working together with all populations. However, as an African American heterosexual female, the only thing that scares me is where I have to work alongside groups or people who are not afraid to portray their hate towards African Americans. I would therefore feel at unease and would most probably fear my life. An example of these groups is the Kuklux Klan. However, in the future, I would like to study this group to determine how they function because the existing bias towards them is something that I have never experienced personally. Still, I have learned about them from my colleagues at school and work. Unconscious and conscious bias towards this group affects how I can interact with them. Therefore, getting an opportunity to learn about them personally will probably change my viewpoint towards them, and I can work with them to eradicate my current fear. I will also be able to learn about the measures I can take to improve my relationship with them in the future to avoid conflict of interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Hays, P. A. (2016). The new reality: Diversity and complexity. In Addressing cultural complexities in practice: Assessment, diagnosis, and therapy., 3rd ed. (pp. 3–18). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/14801-001

Sue, D. W., Rasheed, M. N., Rasheed, J. M., & Rasheed, M. N. (2016). Multicultural social work practice : A competency-based approach to diversity and social justice. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.


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