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Video 1: Can Prejudice Ever Be a Good Thing?
Description: We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. In this thought provoking TED Talk, psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational . . . even moral. But don’t worry, this is not a platform for extolling the virtues of our worst selves. Instead, Bloom argues that the key is to understand how our own biases work--so we can take control when they go wrong.
Video 2: What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?
Description: Think you don’t judge a book by its cover? What do you think when you look at this speaker? Well, think again. (And then again.) In this funny, honest, empathetic TED Talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied challenges us to look beyond our initial perceptions, and to open doors to new ways of supporting others.
Video 3: Bike Thief--What Would You Do?
Description: Theft is wrong no matter what. From the ABC seriers What Would You Do?, it's amazing (and ultimately distressing) to watch the difference in people's reactions to a bicycle theft committed by a Caucasian boy, an African American boy, and a Caucasian girl. Social Psychologist, and Yale University Professor Jack Davidio provides pointed, and unsettling explanations and commentary on this riveting field experiment. Watch and then honestly ask yourself, what would you do? A must see, one of the best episodes ever produced by this show.
Video 4: Would You Stop Muslim Discrimination?--What Would You Do?
Description: For most Americans, blatant discrimination is, frankly, Un-American. But in this episode from the ABC series What Would You Do?, apparently some find it the height of patriotism. Watch the different reactions of bakery customers who witness a Muslim woman being denied service and verbally abused by the bakery worker . . . as some heroically step in and defend her, while others, shockingly, applaud and encourage such discrimination (even the show’s host gets a taste of being told he’s not an American!). Social Psychologist, and Yale University Professor Jack Dovidio provides pointed, and unsettling explanations and commentary on this riveting field study. A must see, one of the best episodes ever produced by this show.
Audio 1: Poll: Most Americans Feel Their Own Group Faces Discrimination
Description: In this headline grabbing survey reported by National Public Radio (NPR), majorities in many ethnic, identity and racial groups in America believe that discrimination exists against their own group, across many areas of people's daily lives, according to a poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The poll asked a wide range of questions about where Americans experience discrimination--from the workplace to the doctor's office--and people's perception of it. The groups polled include Whites, Blacks, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, and LGBTQ adults.
Audio 2: “The Thumbprint of the Culture”: Implicit Bias and Police Shootings
Description: It has become all too familiar: an unarmed black man was shot by a cop, and in the weeks after the incident, accusations fly back and forth . . . cops try to defend their fear as reasonable to justify deadly force . . . the victim’s family say he was shot because he was black. So was he really a threat? Was the cop just racist? Or is there something more complicated at play? Something that affects everyone in the culture, not just police officers who shoot unarmed African-American men? In this episode of Hidden Brain, we explore research about implicit bias and how a culture of racism can infect us all.
Audio 3: Which One of These Is Not Like the Others?
Description: Serry and her husband's love story began in a place not usually associated with romance: The West Bank. That was where the couple met, fell in love and decided to get married. Then Serry, who was American, convinced her Palestinian husband to move to America . . . promising him that in America their children would never encounter prejudice or strife of any kind. In this compelling story from This American Life, hear how things didn't quite work out that way.