The intention of WR is not to lecture, but to bring awareness and educate. We all have implicit biases, and they are often reflected in how we speak to or about others. A lack of awareness about these biases can result in us saying something that is disrespectful to a person of color, women, a member of the LGBTQ community, members of certain religions, the disabled, and so on. Implicit bias “refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.” The very definition implies that we are not aware of these biases, so it follows that we would not be aware of their effects on others. Educating ourselves on how to identify our individual biases and negate them so that we speak respectfully to diverse groups should not be construed as something negative. It is all about being respectful to one another on a human level, which allows us to connect with each other on a personal and professional level.
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