Beginning July 2022, Ellivate is partnering with Fatima Mann and Brandis Rawls of Love and Healing Work to provide our members with a 6-month series, How to Leverage White Privilege in Business. Each month, we’ll share some insights from the important work that Fatima guides us through.
Be aware of this:
We all carry bias within us. It’s an inevitable consequence of living in this world. Our brains are constantly absorbing implicit and explicit messages from the plethora of information that constantly bombards us.
Bias is essentially mind control. It happens when someone else’s thoughts or ideologies take over your brain. Biases are based on artificial constructs (such as race, gender, religion, etc.) and perpetuated through fear and shame.
When you notice a negative thought or idea about someone, particularly if it’s related to an aspect of their social identity, explore whether this could be a bias by asking yourself these questions:
- Why do you feel this way?
- Where did this thought or idea originate?
- Is it truly yours, or was it planted there by someone else?
- Do you want to keep it or let it go?