Dear Gossips,

The Paula Deen mess has been making headlines for days. Yesterday I posted an article about Serena Williams. Click here for a refresher. The reaction that a few of you had to the post was fascinating. I was reminded of a book I was making my way through a few months ago called Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, examining “the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality” and questioning “the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential”. (Source) It might challenge you in the most uncomfortable way, as is often what happens when we honestly confront ourselves. It wasn’t an easy read for me but perhaps that’s the point. And, as the authors suggest, maybe that’s where we need to start to truly effect change.

If you are interested in the book, click here first for a primer and then go take the Implicit Association Test. What do you think Paula Deen’s results would have been?

Yours in gossip,