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UW-Madison’s Diamond appears on CNN’s 'United Shades of America' to talk about implicit bias

June 13, 2019

UW-Madison’s John Diamond appeared on CNN’s "United Shades of America" program to talk about implicit bias.

Diamond is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Diamond is also a faculty affiliate in Afro-American Studies and Educational Policy Studies.

This episode is an installment in a series of get-togethers referred to as "Black People Meetings" by writer and comedian W. Kamau Bell, who hosts "United Shades of America." In this particular segment, Bell talks about Milwaukee, one of America’s blackest major cities and one of America’s most segregated cities. 

John Diamond appears on CNN
UW-Madison's John Diamond (right) speaks with W. Kamau
Bell on Sunday's episode of "United Shades of America,"
which airs on CNN. View the video here.
Implicit bias is a term which describes the way our brains are affected by growing up within systems that enact oppression, according to the CNN press release for this show. 

Diamond references Project Implicit, an international research collaboration founded in 1998 by scientists at Harvard and University of Washington, telling CNN that you don’t necessarily dislike someone of another race to experience implicit bias. He describes this kind of bias as “what’s going through people’s minds before they have the time to think about what the socially responsible answer” is. Diamond notes that if someone walks in the door and it’s a man, there are some implicit assumptions that go along with that.  

Read the entire press release here. View a clip from this episode of United Shades of America with John Diamond here.

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