“She is quiet; she has probably nothing interesting to say”,
“Investment bankers are all extroverts and make a lot of money”,
“Oh you are Indian; you must have grown up in a caste system”,
“She is successful and has come up the ranks on the fast path. She must have achieved this because she is a flirt and has used her influence”,
“A leader is one who manages team and is part of senior management”.
What do these statements sound like to you?
Asian/American, Male/Female, Extroverts/introverts, rich/poor, aggressive/meek is the common single story we hear or are categorized into.
You are categorized, stereotyped and generalized and not seen for your uniqueness, for your passions, your interests. Nor do you see others.
Bias creeps in our day-to-day life, and communication. This comes from our culture, our exposure or non-exposure, and our experiences.
But the real question is do we get so taken in by others beliefs and by our limited experience that we fail to see the uniqueness of the person in front of us.
Do we fail to see that one person or a group of people don’t represent an entire country or gender?
Can Bias be fixed?
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” …Mother Teresa
There are people around you, in history, famous and not so quite famous who are changing bias and proving it by way of their actions. Some examples of people who fought bias-
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