The other day DOJ stated that it was going to require all 27,000 plus employees to undergo training on implicit bias. In case you don’t know what constitutes implicit bias, don’t worry--neither does anyone else. Advocates of IB tell us that it is an unconscious cognitive process that is so damn subtle that we can’t see it or even really understand it but that we know, with certainty, that it is pervasive and powerful. IB causes cops to profile, causes prosecutors to prosecute, and causes judges to judge......all in a way that disadvantages (pick your favorite minority group and insert here).
IB advocates also tell us that social science research decisively concludes that this unconscious process is real. Yes, the very people who can barely measure attachment, informal control, or risk preference can, it appears, measure precisely unconscious cognitive biases.
To do this they created the Implicit Bias Test. There are several critiques of the IBT now available and there is also empirical evidence that nobody knows WTF the test actually measures............oh, and that the IBT doesn’t predict anything much.
Never mind scientific evidence when ideology is at hand. IB is now a code word for the left and, now that I think about it, is actually ingenious. IB ideology has created something that nobody can see, that we can’t measure accurately or reliably, that predicts nada.......and yet it so powerful that it causes racial disparities in the CJ system. Think about that.
A concept that cannot be disproven, for which there is no reliable evidence, but is magically omnipotent in its influence.......... if only one were an atheist they could see the parallels.
Fortunately, we have Loretta Lynch to divine for us the blessings of IB. She is all too happy to waste God know how many tax dollars and the time and effort of almost 30,000 people.
Ideology is powerful.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology