Today we’re talking about bias and privilege, two topics that can be thorny and difficult to talk about, but extremely important for so many reasons, especially in today’s world. I talk about what bias and privilege are, why it’s essential for us to be aware of them, and some examples of each. We also talk about creating a team culture that acknowledges bias and privilege, and at the same time creates an environment of belonging and trust.
[3:39] There are two types of bias: conscious, which is explicit bias against a group of people or a specific situation or environment, and unconscious, which is implicit bias we are not aware of. The first step is to be aware of it and to take responsibility for our biases.
[8:09] It is important to be aware of the bias we have, and where we seek out confirmation for it throughout our day. Much of the news that is reported has a political bias, and when turned in to strong opinions, it shapes how we ultimately see the world.
[12:05] We all have bias and prejudice about things. It doesn’t mean we are necessarily evil or bad, it just means that we must be aware and acknowledge it.
[13:48] We must be allies for each other and be open to having a dialogue about the ways we can help advocate for others.
[16:11] We all have privilege to some degree. Owning it doesn’t take away from hard work or diminish any success that was earned.
“We can’t move past our biases if we don’t admit, acknowledge, and own that we have them.” — @mikedrobbinsClick to tweet
“For those of us who have privilege, it’s important to both acknowledge it and to use it in the most positive and empowering way we can.” — @mikedrobbinsClick to tweet
“Acknowledging our privilege and bias are essential if we’re going to create an inclusive environment where everyone belongs.” — @mikedrobbinsClick to tweet