Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Review

From one of the world's leading experts on unconscious racial bias, a personal examination of one of the central controversies and culturally powerful issues of our time, and its influence on contemporary race relations and criminal justice.

We do not have to be racist to be biased. With a perspective that is both scientific, investigative, and also informed by personal experience, Eberhardt offers a reasoned look into the effects of implicit racial bias, ranging from the subtle to the dramatic. Racial bias can lead to disparities in education, employment, housing, and the criminal justice system--and then those very disparities further reinforce the problem. In Biased, Eberhardt reveals how even when we are not aware of bias and genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior.

Eberhardt's extensive work as a consultant to law enforcement, as well as a researcher with unprecedented access to data including footage from police officers' body-worn cameras, informs every aspect of her book and makes it much more than a work of social psychology. Her research occurs not just in the laboratory but in police departments, courtrooms, prisons, boardrooms, and on the street. Interviews are interwoven with memories and stories from Eberhardt's own life and family. She offers practical suggestions for reform, and takes the reader behind the scenes to police departments implementing her suggestions. Refusing to shy away from the tragic consequences of prejudice, Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few "bad apples" in police departments or other institutions. We can see evidence of bias at all levels of society in media, education, and business practices. In Biased, Eberhardt reminds us that racial bias is a human problem--one all people can play a role in solving.

Title:Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Edition Language:English

    Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Reviews

  • Mehrsa

    One of the best books about implicit bias I've ever read. It's both personal and data-based, warm and inviting where it needs to be and cold and honest in other parts. I would recommend this to any or...

  • Mara

    This is the kind of informative nonfiction that I like to see -- clearly written, incorporating broad statistics and study findings with concrete examples, correlating arguments to current or historic...

  • Donna Hines

    "We do not have to be racist to be biased."A relevant, heart breaking, emotionally draining look at the heart of America's racial tensions, social inequality, confirmation bias, racial profiling, and ...

  • Christy

    So honest confessions...I did not read this book fully. It was late at the library and I had to skip a few chapters! But I did read a lot of the book including the ending. ;) I think part of this deci...

  • Jillian Doherty

    The partial manuscript available was such a good taste - and even when the full book is ready I have a feeling it will still leave you wanting more. The well researched and experienced examples of our...

  • Isabella Zink

    I watched a French movie recently called “He Even Has Your Eyes” about a black couple who adopt a white baby and face both backlash and support from members of their families and the adoption agen...

  • Amber Nicole

    👏 Bravo! 👏The description on the jacket of this book is vague, so I assumed when I picked this up that it was on the more "benign" (no bias is really benign) biases that we experience and partic...

  • Kelly

    Since I read a lot of psychology and social science, I've seen or read about many of the studies that Everhardt talks about here. But what made this book work for me was the fact they were presented i...

  • Kelly 💜??

    4.5, rounded upThis is a great social science book... very readable and well written. Audio narrated very well by the author with much passion in her voice. Thanks to San Diego County Library for the ...

  • Rebecca

    This book was accessible, thought provoking, and so timely. It is well grounded in research, and very readable. I highly recommend it. And make sure that you have someone to discuss it with!...