by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon details another questionable use of taxpayer science funding.
The National Science Foundation is spending nearly $200,000 on an “implicit bias” conference.
The conference will gather “leading experts on racism and prejudice” to write a report on how to make unconscious bias training, which assumes that “everyone is a little bit racist or sexist,” more effective.
“This project brings together experts on prejudice and discrimination to have a deep discussion and write up a report to understand what various measures of bias represent and best ways to measure implicit bias,” according to the grant for the project. “During the past century, racial attitudes in America have been radically transformed. The country has shifted from one of explicit separation and discrimination to one endorsing multiculturalism and implementing policies to level the playing field and compensate for past discrimination.” …
Stanford University received $174,932 for the conference in July. It is unclear when and where the conference will take place. Request for comment from Jon Krosnick, a political science professor who is leading the project, was not returned. …
… Unconscious bias training was popular under the Obama administration. The training was mandated for the Justice Department last year, and the intelligence community brought in a “global diversity” manager from Google for a seminar on implicit bias.