There is one clear cause for the weak defense against the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol that we cannot ignore: unconscious bias. Science and research show that unconscious biases cause all of us to make decisions about certain groups of people based on familiar images, messages and reinforced stereotypes. Authorities missed—and even disregarded—clear signs that some loyalists to Donald Trump posed a significant security threat. Read why a thorough investigation into the decisions made before and on the day the Capitol was invaded must include a real assessment of the role such biases played. And learn why awareness strategies, such as bias assessments for individuals to understand how their brains work unconsciously, are increasingly imperative—and could even save lives.
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