Breaking Barriers: Overcoming Bias and Embracing Change

This is a time of change. Make no doubt about it, there is a tectonic shift happening in our world right now. Industries have toppled and giants have quivered in the presence of submicroscopic spiked particle. And, perhaps most astoundingly, centuries of racism and dirty white lies have finally surfaced, bursting into mainstream news and the boardrooms of some of the biggest brands in America. 

Change is nigh. In fact, it’s happening all over.

Each of us has the ability to learn and to change. We can go out and seek to learn new things and new life skills and be deliberate about it. Or, our learning can be accidental through experience. The common factor is that we take the time to do the work, to see where we have a gap that can filled with some new knowledge and then apply that new knowledge in a way that allows us to grow.

Overcoming biases to learn: Even old dogs can learn new tricks

Changing form can happen at any time. We don’t need to be young or naive to a subject in order to learn. As the saying goes, “even old dogs can learn new tricks.” Our subconscious bias may hinder our ability to learn because it impedes us from making new connections between ideas, but it doesn’t stop us. And yes, it takes more work to overcome those biases – which are learned and not innate – but we can push through them. IF (and that’s a capitalized IF) we choose to.

For many of us, the choice is ours to make. We can secure access to the internet (non-curated though much of the content is). We can pay for access to higher education. But there is an inequity here – education is not a right for many people. Access is denied for a host of reasons from political agendas to gender, race and class discrimination.

But that’s shifting, too. As we wind down PRIDE month, it’s time to look back at how much has changed. The Supreme Justices have had two monumental rulings in June 2020 alone; offering LGBTQ greater security in the workforce finally making it illegal in every state to be fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification. The Justices also ruled on DACA, granting undocumented “dreamers” continued protection. 

These are the tides of change. Headwinds faced by marginalized groups for decades and even centuries are changing direction to move them forward through change versus barring against it. The world is emerging from the shadows of COVID-19 and a season of change more aware, more empathetic and more willing to tackle the “tough” topics with an unprecedented level of humanity. 

“No turning back”: Embracing change

We don’t know what shape the future will look like. But one thing is certain: there is no turning back. We can longer revert back into the cold brick of blanched clay. The events of the past month have forever changed us and taught us that we need to conform to our environment, to the needs of humanity, to the rightful demands for equity and we need to embrace how we are changing form as a culture and as a society. Change was overdue. And change is good.

Driving change: Using our voices and votes to make a difference

It’s a federal election year, too. Make your vote count to drive the change that you want to see. Use your voice to rally against injustice and use your ears to listen for cries for help. 

 Image by marcelkessler from Pixabay  

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