ON MITIGATING YOUR OWN IN-GROUP BIAS
Better late than never, I have to say. Actually, I’m glad I was a little behind on this Mad Sociologist in the News piece, because it gave me the opportunity to include a note on Mitt Romney. My goal is to create a non-Trump look at the impeachment process as a microcosm for examining political polarization and in-group bias. This video covers the impeachment in terms of group dynamics and identity. At the end I offer some advice on tempering your own tendency toward in-group bias. And, yes, you are influenced by in-group bias.
One note, In the video I mistakenly refer to Former Senator Ben Nelson as the leader of the bipartisan committee on health care. In fact, it was Max Baucus…but the underlying point remains the same.
As a result, winning the Democratic primary means winning liberal whites in New Hampshire and traditionalist blacks in South Carolina. It means talking to Irish Catholics in Boston and atheists in San Francisco. It means inspiring liberals without arousing the fears of moderates. It’s important preparation for the difficult, pluralistic work of governing, in which the needs and concerns of many different groups must be balanced against each other.
Note: I said it was Ben Nelson leading this committee. I was mistaken. It was Max Baucus.