Could the racial demographic makeup of your social networks contribute to your implicit bias? Scientists have proven that hanging out with people from different backgrounds can reduce ‘implicit bias.’
One way to think of implicit bias is the automatic judgments you make about others that is sometimes based on race. It is different than calling someone a racist.
Often it is inevitable that we all have some form of implicit bias due to our upbringing. In addition, the media and the repeated images they portray can result in us developing biased associations about people.
For example here are some implicit biases:
White is American
Disabled is weak
Family is female
Poor is lazy
One way to reduce implicit bias is to socialize and develop meaningful friendships outside your racial group. Take a look at your social network, ask yourself who is in it? Are you surrounded by a diverse mix of friends from different racial and ethnic backgrounds?
To test whether I could have implicit bias, I recently did a manual audit of my Facebook friends list and discovered that the primary racial demographic in my social network were as follows: 39% white, 30% black, 17% Hispanic, 4% Asian.
With this information, I concluded that my social network is racially diverse due to the friends and connections made through Unieros.
Diversity in Unieros
Because of the Unieros diverse network, I experience and socialize with people who have different perspectives of the world. I learn from things they share, which ultimately help shape my understanding of the each race.
In order to improve diverse social connections, Unieros provides the spaces, places, and a community where you can meet people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. We are real people making meaningful connections across racial and ethnic lines.
By participating in our events, you will increase more diversity in your social network.
Happy New Year from the island of ‘one love’! On a recent trip to Kingston, Jamaica I enjoyed the authentic food and scenes of the third largest island urban capital city in the Caribbean Sea.
The natural fruits and vegetables are grown and celebrated in Jamaica’s cuisine. The roots reggae music evokes peace, love and unity despite many Jamaicans are living through economic struggles and hardships.
Naturally beautiful, Jamaica’s landscape is green and hilly with great Blue Mountains in the east. In the hills, there are plenty coconut, banana trees, mango trees and the national fruit tree – the ackee tree.
Jamaica rural landscape with banana trees
Traditional Jamaican breakfast ackee and saltfish, festival, fried plaintain, Escovitch fish, bamee and green callaloo
Authentic Jamaican cuisine comes from the land. The national dish called ackee and saltfish, is fried in oil with cod fish, onions and hot peppers. The dish is served at breakfast with iron-rich leafy green callaloo, boiled green bananas, yams and fried Johnny Cakes.
Kingston, Jamaica beach
Steamed snapper fish from the Caribbean cooked with okra
With the Caribbean sea surrounding the island, fish dishes like snapper are also served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
In Kingston and throughout Jamaica, people sell fruits and vegetables from the land along the road and in large outdoor markets like the popular Coronation Market in downtown Kingston. Fruits sold roadside include the green breadfruit that looks like a large cantaloupe and sugar cane chopped into bite sized stalks are sold in as a juicy snack.
Staddaday rasta reggae artist. Watch the interview with Staddaday here
Jamaican Reggae Music
Known for its reggae music, Jamaica’s music scene is a vibrant part of the Jamaican culture. Kingston is the site for the famed Bob Marley museum. I had the privilege to spend time at the Youth Promotion Music Center of late reggae artist Sugar Minott. Inside the walls of the center grounds, are colorful painted murals paying homage to some of Jamaica’s top reggae artists such as Dennis Brown, Mighty Diamonds, Garnet Silk, Tenor Saw, and Bob Marley. Many up and coming reggae musicians work and perform at Sugar Minott’s studio.
Watch the Drive through Kingston with background music “Jah Love Cover Me” by reggae artist Staddaday, whose melodic sounds is mix of Sanchez and Bob Marley.
A visit to Kingston, Jamaica is an opportunity to enjoy food and music grown directly from the island and its people.