Guest Opinion: Are We Biased?

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By Kathie Starkweather kathies@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Are we biased? The short answer is yes – everyone is, like it or not. Our brains categorize people based on what we’ve learned from our family, community, television, social media, and other sources. Our brains, in part, function like a filing cabinet where we store “information” – accurate or not. For example, when I was a kid, I was certain the only way ice water would be cold was if it was stirred with a fork. Yeah, I know, not rational. But my dad always stirred his ice water with a fork, so it had to be true. We do the same thing with people. When we see anyone, we immediately, and nonconsciously, rely on what we “know” – true or not. We classify people by gender first, then race....

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Guest Opinion: Are We Biased?

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