A review of


Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

American Bias

by David Meyer

Stanford psychology professor and MacArthur Fellow Jennifer Eberhardt offers a detailed, illuminating – and at times disheartening – overview of bias in America and how it manifests.

Stanford psychology professor Jennifer L. Eberhardt, a MacArthur Fellow, shows how stereotypes arise and how they shape people’s perceptions and actions. Applying research studies and history lessons, Eberhardt demonstrates that bias against African-Americans is pervasive and longstanding in the United States. Luckily for those seeking a more just world, she also illustrates how people can journey through the challenge of bigotry and come to appreciate diversity. She names knowledge as the first step. Students, social scientists, businesspeople and those seeking greater mutual understanding will benefit from Eberhardt’s considerable insights.

Research supports the notion that raising the issue of race and discrimination explicitly can lead people to be more open-minded and act more fairly.Jennifer L. Eberhardt


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