In each case, how­ever, Banaji, Green­wald and DiT­o­maso might argue, we strengthen existing pat­terns of advan­tage and dis­ad­van­tage because our friends, neigh­bors and children’s class­mates are over­whelm­ingly likely to share our own racial, reli­gious and socioe­co­nomic back­grounds. When we help someone from one of these in-​​groups, we don’t stop to ask: Whom are we not helping?

Banaji tells a story in the book about a friend, Carla Kaplan, now a pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. At the time, both Banaji and Kaplan were fac­ulty mem­bers at Yale. Banaji says that Kaplan had a pas­sion — quilting.

You would often see her, sit­ting in the back of a lec­ture, quilting away, while she lis­tened to a talk,” Banaji says.

In the book, Banaji writes that Kaplan once had a ter­rible kitchen accident.

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