Getting past implicit biases

RACE | Earlier this week, the Consumer Health Foundation‘s Yanique Redwood reflected on how she felt upon hearing the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, and describes how implicit bias impacts the lives of young black men, like her own son.

Yanique writes that there are ways we can begin to undo subconscious and automatic stereotyping:

I offer just two opportunities for moving forward from this moment. I would argue that the real work we have before us is the elimination of implicit bias, without which we can save our sons from more untimely deaths. The first opportunity we have in philanthropy is to consider dedicating resources to black men and boys, particularly in the area of racial profiling… The second opportunity that we all have is to get educated. We’re all affected by implicit bias. Negative media portrayals of black men and boys don’t discriminate. They get into all of our heads and hearts.

In her post, Yanique links to the Implicit Association Test, created by researchers at Harvard, UVA, and the University of Washington, which, if you have about 10 minutes to spare, is worth taking.

Related: How To Fight Racial Bias When It’s Silent And Subtle (NPR, 7/19)

ARTS | Arlington will receive a $75,000 “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the creation of a plaza that will be “a gathering place for residents to host a variety of community events and an area to showcase the neighborhood’s rich cultural heritage with its collection of public art.” (ARLnow, 7/18)

– A Boston-based community development finance institution that buys foreclosed homes and then resells them at lower interest rates is looking to expand into Prince George’s County, which has been especially hard hit by the foreclosure crisis. (WaPo, 7/19)

– The AARP Foundation has committed $2.5 million in program-related investments in three innovative programs that will increase the supply of affordable housing for low-income people over the age of 50. (Green House Project, 7/11)

WORKFORCE | Unemployment rates have ticked up slightly in Maryland and Virginia, which some think might have been caused by the sequester. (WaPo, 7/19)

SERVICE | White House Task Force to Seek Ways of Using Volunteers to Advance Policy (Chronicle, 7/16)

Not to encourage schadenfreude, but it is kind of amusing watching an alleged psychic utterly fail at being psychic.