Why The Term Implicit Bias Rubs Me The Wrong Way

Implicit bias, while it may be measured as a latent psychological construct –whose overall goal is to document the intersubjective experience of non or subconscious racism, we must be extremely careful when we continue to say “implicit bias” . From my view, the use of the term implicit bias, a post racial and post modern…

Was It Racial Playing or Profiling by 3 TSA Officers?

Being a person of color means, unfortunately, that we will have to contend with some people who will engage in forms of “racist playing” –as if they were cats and we, their mice. It is my experience that some Whites engage in forms of racial playing because it has social utility.  By this I mean by playing with…

See With Your Eyes But Listen With Your Heart

I watched her tears roll down her face as she described how unattractive she felt because of her skin color.  Her pain was deep. Oprah and Iyanla recently presented a “LIFECLASS” on the OWN network that explored colorism.  Colorism is a psycho-social effect of living in societies where skin color become associated with subjective factors….

How To Respond To The Dreaded Half-Smile?

As many of you who know me, know that I earned my masters (1998) and doctorate (2000) in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Much of my research has focused on the causes and effects of discrimination, prejudice, identity development, and racism. For my masters thesis, for example, I examined white women and…