How Mindfulness Can Help Dislodge Unconscious Racial Biases

As the national conversation about racial prejudice — and its role in deadly police confrontations with unarmed people of color — continue, one point of analysis has been how to address and reform implicit bias. As Mother Jones writer Chris Mooney explains, we’ve reached a new race paradox in America: overt racism is less acceptable than ever, but we’re a culture that loses a black man to police violence once every 28 hours. Racial biases are also still alive and well within academia and in the workforce.

Researchers from Central Michigan University may have uncovered a finding that could contribute to addressing implicit racial associations in the subconscious. Practicing mindfulness could help combat racial biases, according to the small, new study.

For the study, 72 white students completed the Implicit Association Test (IAT), a social psychology metric meant to examine the strength of a person’s automatic associations. For this particular experiment, the test paired images of black, white, old and young faces with negatively or positively associated words.

Before the IAT, half of the participants listened to a 10-minute audio recording about mindfulness meditation. The recording instructed them to become —> Read More Here


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