Implicit bias in the age of Trump

By any common definition, Trump’s statements and policies are racist. Yet we are researchers on implicit bias—largely unconscious, mostly automatic social biases that can affect people’s behavior
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The leading Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has called Mexicans “rapists” and advocates a policy of banning all Muslims from entering the United States. His closest rival, Ted Cruz, agrees with the ban on Muslims and wants to see if he can make the sand of the Middle East glow. Black protestors are being beaten at Trump rallies, with Trump’s explicit encouragement. By any common definition, Trump’s statements and policies are racist. Yet we are researchers on implicit bias—largely unconscious, mostly automatic social biases that can affect people’s behavior even when they intend to treat others fairly regardless of their social group identity. Our concern with implicit bias might seem like a relic of a bygone, pre-Trump era, in which explicit bigotry was on the wane, at least in mainstream political speech.   Does implicit bias have anything to add to our understanding of our current political moment? Our answer, you won’t be surprised to hear, is yes. It is too soon. . .

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