The recent viral video of Professor Robert Kelly talking to the BBC via Skype has perfectly illustrated how unconscious bias works.
When his kids break into the room and interrupt the interview, an Asian lady comes to get them. Did you see a Nanny or a Mum?
Having gone viral across the globe many US and other news outlets described the lady as Professor Kelly’s ‘maid’. Her ethnicity clearly contributed to the rather preconditioned assessment that she was working for Professor Kelly. The fact that this lady, Jung-a Kim may have been Professor Kelly’s wife failed to register.
This is, unfortunately, as clear a case of Unconscious Bias that I have witnessed in a long time....