Participants Surprised by their Unconscious White Bias

The covert bias class participants were suddenly silent; the slow awareness of their own unconscious insults hanging in the air. “I had never realized complimenting a black woman about her hair could be taken as a racial insult,” one student shared. She now was beginning to understand how this singling out was an act of further separation for someone whose people had experienced centuries of segregation and abuse. The all-white participants were facing their own racism before leading a public dialogue on escalated racist and violent happenings, each becoming themselves the change they wished to see.