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Why the Department of Justice wants to force its 28,000 employees to confront unconscious racial biases

Why the Department of Justice wants to force its 28,000 employees to confront unconscious racial biases

As police have grappled with accusations of racism in the wake of shootings of unarmed black Americans, the Department of Justice has pushed law enforcement departments to undertake increasingly popular trainings on how unconscious biases – such as racial prejudice – influence policing.

Now, the federal department is turning the mirror on itself.

Justice officials announced Monday that more than 28,000 employees will take part in mandatory implicit bias training over the next year, forcing federal agents to confront their subtle views on race and a host of other issues, including gender and sexual orientation.

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