The Check Your Blind Spots Unconscious Bias Tour was parked for two days at the Bojangles Coliseum, the venue of the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is using the bus tour to “expose our fans and anyone associated with the game to the principles of diversity and inclusion,” Oris Stuart, NBA’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer explained.
The NBA left Charlotte as a host city a few years ago when House Bill 2 (HB2) was not yet repealed. That bill determined which single-gender bathroom transgender persons could use (which was based on biological sex stated on the birth certificate).
The Unconscious Bias tour includes a virtual reality exercise that allowed visitors to walk in someone else’s shoes and experience how they are treated.
About 600 organizations in different parts of the country are participating in the diversity tour to drive the point of diversity and inclusion in their companies.
The Check Your Blind Spots Bus Unconscious Bias Tour hopes to connect with over a million people in 100 cities over the next 12 months.
During the NBA All-Star Game, over 400 people took the bus tour. Some were enlightened, some were in tears and over 300 signed the pledge to rein in their inherent biases and to be more inclusive.
The bus tour kicked off in December and the NBA hopes the talks will change views and lives.
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