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The Trayvon Martin Litmus Test

Thursday, March 29th, 2012


People believe what they want to believe. They have pre-formed  opinions and tend to look at those sources and examples which support their position.  And they are just as likely to disregard facts and ideas that challenge their point of view.  This is especially funny when people think of themselves as objective, “just-the-facts” people. They can’t see or refuse to accept their biases.

Psychologists call this confirmation bias.

Do you believe Trayvon Martin was just an innocent kid walking from the convenience store, was racially-profiled, and then murdered like other Black teens?

Or do you think he angrily attacked the man who was following him and trying to get back into his car – and was shot in self-defense?

I think when the facts come out, we’ll learn the truth falls in the middle and virtually no one will be happy with the conclusions.

How biased are you?  Here’s an article about your beliefs.  It’s a little long but I find it fascinating.

www.tolerance.org/hiddenbias

I’ll guarantee this – if you come out well,  you’ll think it’s a good piece.  If you come out biased, you’ll think it’s not a valid representation of you. Of course you’ll think that way!  Like the rest of us, you’re just a human nitwit.