My De-biasing Approach

Keturah Shammah
Posted September 1, 2020 from Nigeria

As a grassroot women and girls advocate whose meeting people of various backgrounds and experiences is inevitable. I had to draw from personal experience stragegies to overcoming implicit bias as follow:  

I resolved to spending time  defining people on a more personal and unique individual level than focusing on stereotyping. Anytime I recognise that my response to people might be rooted in bias, I make effort to consciously adjust my response. I occasionally take time to reflect on potential bias and enable me consciously replace them with positive attitudes towards people. I am always putting  effort seeing things from other people's point of view. I do ask myself "what would be my response if I were in same position with the people I treat them with bias?" Most importantly, I spend my very first moment with people learning to about them which help me in understanding how to approach them. 

Finally, I learnt that I need to treat others they way I would like to be treated. 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Stronger Together.

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Tamarack Verrall
Sep 01
Sep 01

Hi Keturah,
What a wise and loving message about recognizing and finding ways to overcome bias. Thank you!

Hello, Sister Keturah,

How are you, dear sister? We miss you on our Thriving Thursdays and Encourager Parties. :) The Golden Rule is a good reference in overcoming bias. This is a great self-check, "what would be my response if I were in same position with the people I treat them with bias?"

Thank you for sharing this with us!

Nini Mappo
Sep 02
Sep 02

Thank you for sharing your journey and your growth with us Keturah. Treating others as we'd like to be treated is a great motivation away from bias.

Beth Lacey
Sep 03
Sep 03

Very wise

ARREY- ECHI
Sep 11
Sep 11

Hello Keturah,
I hope you are doing well.
Thank you for this short, precise post. Your concluding sentence 'I need to treat others the way I would like to be treated' is the sum total of it all and the number principle with which I live my life.

Chi8629
Sep 19
Sep 19

Thank you for sharing Sister.

Gbemisola Boyede
Oct 18
Oct 18

Lovely and well-written!