Wednesday, October 05, 2016

"An Acknowledgment of the Human Condition"

"And there are way too many cases that illustrate it. In Tuesday's debate, moderator Elaine Quijano mentioned Sen. Tim Scott, a black Republican who, as an elected official earlier in his career, 'was stopped seven times by law enforcement in one year.' Other well-known figures, from former Attorney General Eric Holder to broadcaster Don Lemon to professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., have reported similar experiences. And then there are the men whose final moments many of us have witnessed, in all their horror, thanks to mobile phone videos. You can't watch the deaths of Terence Crutcher, Eric Garner, and Philando Castile without being shaken. In most cases, what you see in the video, or in direct testimony after the tragedy, is the officer's fear.
"Fear isn't hate, and bias isn't bigotry. That's what makes implicit bias a more useful way of understanding these situations."

Will Saletan at Slate cautions readers not to "get defensive and shut down the discussion" about racial bias.

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