I had never heard the term “stereotype threat” before but the concept makes perfect sense and helps me to better understand the impact of explicit and implict biases. Check out this interview with Claude Steele, the author of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.
And a bonus article by Claude Steele published in the Atlantic: “Thin Ice: Stereotype Threat and Black College Students“
“When capable black college students fail to perform as well as their white counterparts, the explanation often has less to do with preparation or ability than with the threat of stereotypes about their capacity to succeed. Educators at Stanford who tested this hypothesis report their findings and propose solutions.