Last week, I had the opportunity to introduce a former law professor of mine — Professor Kimberly Norwood — at my firm’s In Community Event. Professor Norwood (you never feel comfortable calling a former professor by their first name) spoke eloquently on the way bias — and specifically implicit bias — can play a role in the legal system.
Skillful readers may recall a post a year ago that she wrote here on this blog in the aftermath of the events in Ferguson. But she is also compelling in her discussions about implicit bias. In her speech and in an article she wrote last year, she notes that studies show that we ALL have implicit biases. As she said,
Because there is a clear link between automatic stereotypes and behavior, it is important to untangle automatic associations that can do harm. Part of what social psychologists are doing now is helping us expose our biasesso that we can separate the good from the bad and make more informed and correct decisions.