"How do I keep my own biases and my own history from allowing me to understand new information?"

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I have a jumbled mess of information to process. I believe that being African America, Black, or of African descent, whichever is currently more acceptable that I have a plethora of bias pointed in my direction. Being a female doesn’t help alleviate the dilemma. Growing up in what is considered a textbook black family stereotype I am the last of six children, my mother having had children by different men, the home being on public assistance, growing up in a single parent household and church every Sunday. With a deceased father at the age of seven I became one of the 49% according to that grew up in a single family household lead by a mother only. I felt different then as I do now in the way I think and process information …show more content…

My family attended church regularly but it never clicked with me. I attended other religious denominations and felt no different towards religion. I am a stable individual with good morals and I have never committed a felony nor have I ever been incarcerated. I am not or have ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol and narrowly missed being a teen unwed mother. There are between 80 to 100 percent of Americans imprisoned who claim to have a religious affiliation according to Denise Golumaski a research Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. So how then is religion better for rising children? I have to break from my bias and consider other factors. The numbers of people like me who have never been incarcerated but are affiliated with a religion. Also the element that certain lessons taught carry over into adulthood that are positive and provide a positive outcome.
I also have a bias with the public assistance system. This too is from personal experience and the experience of those I am familiar with. I believe that the public assistance system is flawed and does little for those receiving assistance. There are people who express very heated feelings toward the program. Tax payers have the burden of paying for services they do not or will ever receive. Working forty hour days for years and paying increasing taxes for those who do not work I’m sure can be extremely frustrating. And I do understand the need for such programs as well has the negative effects it

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