Workers at the U.S. government’s Forest Service have been asked to use online tests to check whether they are secretly racist, or harboring other biases.
The federal employees were asked to use work time to take tests, lasting some 15 minutes each, to see whether they have unconscious biases based on sexuality, nationalist, race and whether somebody is disabled.
The practice was reported on by the Washington Times, which said the directive to take the Harvard quizzes came from Forest Management Director Bryan Rice.
He also reportedly asked bosses at other federal agencies to spread links to the Harvard tests, hosted at implicit.harvard.edu.
The tests are a kind of word association game, which flashes up emotions or qualities such as ‘happy’, ‘agony’ and ‘laughter’, which users must sort into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ categories…