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The Binary Code of Racism

We all hold racial biases. Racial bias can be formed both implicitly and explicitly and can be passed on generationally. The good-non-racist/bad-racist binary frames how we perceive ourselves and how bias can impact our daily interactions with others. Tracey Benson leverages his experience as an educator to challenge us to become more aware of our own biases and challenge ourselves to make society safer for each other. Tracey is the CEO of the Anti-Racism Leadership Institute and former assistant professor of educational leadership at the UNC Charlotte where he teaches courses in educational leadership, law, and policy. Tracey has a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master of school administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has served as a principal coach, high school principal, middle school vice-principal, district trainer, proficiency specialist, and elementary school teacher. Tracey believes that high quality, equity-focused school and district leaders are the key to student achievement, school success, and teacher efficacy. Tracey is passionate about understanding structural and systemic racism in K-12 school systems. Tracey is the co-author of "Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach." This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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