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Meet The Woman Who Helps Detect The Biases In Most All Of Us

Courtesy Caprice Hollins
Caprice Hollins and with her mother and siblings.

This story originally aired on October 7, 2017.

So, there’s this online test. The faces of people of different races flash up on your screen along with words, like good, bad, sweet and bitter. And you have to immediately click on one of the words when you see the face. It tests our implicit racial biases in a way that’s really hard to fool.

The results can be enlightening. Or horrifying, because it turns out almost all of us have implicit bias.

Dr. Caprice Hollins teaches workshops that help people confront their prejudices, even when they’ve been unaware of them. And that’s something Hollins understands. She says her own family is so diverse, she always figured she couldn’t be biased.

But as an adult, Hollins began to see herself differently. She discovered that even she harbors biases, and that led to a lifelong commitment to being honest about her baggage, and helping other people do the same.

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.
Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.