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How “Good Intent” Undermines Diversity and Inclusion – The Bias
People often reach for positive statements like “assume good intent” because they’re worried about people being “shamed” over innocent mistakes. But society at large is already inclined to assume good intent in people with power and privilege–even when they’re not demonstrating it. If you want to build a culture of “assuming good intent,” start by assuming good intent in marginalized people.

Assume that they already tried being nice. Assume that their feelings are valid. Assume that, after a lifetime of practice, they are responding to harmful behavior in the way that is safest for them. Prioritize that safety over the momentary discomfort people feel when they realize they’ve done something hurtful.

Culture-setting documents like your code of conduct and corporate values should be designed around protecting marginalized people from harmful behavior. Leave out “assume good intent.” Instead, create a culture that recognizes and pushes back against the ways that marginalized people are dehumanized. Expect people to demonstrate their good intent by treating people with respect.
gender  tech  diversity  culture 
26 days ago by amy
“We’re in a diversity crisis”: cofounder of Black in AI on what’s poisoning algorithms in our lives - MIT Technology Review
Timnit Gebru looks around the AI world and sees almost no one who looks like her. That’s a problem for all of us.
machine_learning  gender  computing  bias  diversity 
february 2018 by amy

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