Researcher says implicit bias isn’t itself a measure of racism but can potentially cause it or discriminatory actions.
Seventy-five per cent of Australians hold an implicit bias against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, a study has found.
The study, published in the Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, is based on more than 11,000 unique responses to an implicit association test over 10 years.
According to Australian National University researcher Siddharth Shirodkar, the results show that “most Australian participants on average – regardless of background – hold an implicit bias against Indigenous Australians”.
A third of respondents showed a strong implicit bias against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The most neutral group were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples themselves, who showed such a slight bias toward Indigenous people that “statistically speaking they are unbiased”, Shirodkar said.
“Your internal implicit bias, that’s what’s inside,” he said. “You may or may not act on that.” [Continues …]
SOURCE: The Guardian. “Three-quarters of Australians Biased against Indigenous Australians, study finds.” The Guardian, 9 June 2020
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