July 6, 2016—Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Professor Jerry Kang was quoted by The Atlantic on a new program at the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at educating officers and attorneys on the ways prejudice and discrimination affect the enforcement of law. The training program, which begins this week, will include a mandatory implicit-bias training. Professor Kang is wary of the training program’s possible repercussions if not properly overseen.
“People should not assume that there is anything like a silver bullet or a panacea that comes from training,” said Professor Kang. “People think that because they have gone through training that they have somehow been cleansed. The real danger is someone who has gone through a poor training thinks that they’ve been essentially immunized against anything like implicit bias and, after the fact, they actually act in more discriminatory ways.”