Every person on the planet looks at the world through a lens made up of individual skills, beliefs, and experiences. Some parts of the lens are shared with others, like the culture in which we live. Other parts of the lens are unique to each individual, like specific childhood memories.
The more we understand how our lens influences what we think and do, the more we are able to understand ourselves and others, and the better chance we have of sharpening our lenses so we can see the world more clearly. Scholars refer to this sort of self-awareness as "metacognition"—thinking about your thinking. People with excellent metacognitive skills routinely ask questions like:
This lesson is about developing a metacognitive awareness of the part of your “lens” related to the way you see race and racism. This lens called "implicit bias." Your first task is to identify where you are in your thinking about implicit bias.
Mark the place in each row with an X that indicates your current position.