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Resident Assistants (RAs) at Florida State University (FSU) were given implicit bias tests as homework to reapply to be an RA.
Florida's Conservative Voice (FCV) obtained screenshots of the tests from an unnamed RA they described as a "whistleblower."
The text, according to the outlet, asks questions such as "How warm or cold do you feel towards Black people?"
and whether they "Prefer white people to Black People."
For the "How warm"
question, participants are given a scale of 0 to 10 with a confusing set of possible feelings, including "extremely cold," "very cold," "moderately cold," "somewhat cold," "slightly cold,"
and "neither warm nor cold,"
with corresponding answers for the "warm"
side of the scale. There is no way for people to explain their answer, such as those who don't skin color to determine how they will treat them.
The preference question is similar, with a list of statements regarding race preferences including "I strongly prefer White people to Black people"
and "I like White People and Black people equally."
Again, there is no place for students to explain answers such as they don't know whether they will like someone solely based on their skin color before knowing anything about them.
FCV noted that Lexie McGarvey, program coordinator for training and recruitment at FSU, assigned the test as "homework"
prior to a zoom meeting. She also claimed it was "very important information."
FSU told the outlet that the implicit bias test was "not tied to employment"
for University Housing staff or resident assistants.
FSU told The College Fix that the test was about getting RAs to understand their implicit bias and was not required as a condition of employment.
"The test was used to facilitate dialogue that focused on bias as a general concept during a staff meeting for resident assistants. University Housing staff and resident assistants are not required to take the Harvard Implicit Association Test,"
Amy Farnum-Patronis, director of news and digital communications at FSU, told The Fix in an email. "Completing the test is not tied to employment, nor is it required or used for student housing assignments or any other purpose."
As The Fix noted, the "Harvard Implicit Association Test claims to measure the amount of racial bias of the test-taker, although critics of the exam argue the test itself is biased for its assumption that all people have implicit biases."
Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R-FL) Press Secretary Christina Pushaw told The Fix that the implicit bias test was a symbol of a larger issue at colleges and universities.
"Unfortunately, racial Marxist ideologies like CRT have infected many institutions, from schools to corporations,"
Pushaw told the outlet. "Regardless of how rare or common it is, even one instance of discriminatory indoctrination is too much."
The Fix also noted that implicit bias tests are used at numerous colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon.
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