When his weeks-old daughter Max is old enough to understand it, Mark Zuckerberg will have some stellar advice for her. After one of his fans mentioned that she’d like her granddaughters to date nerds who could potentially become successful tech entrepreneurs, Zuckerberg responded that it’d be even better to be the nerd.
I guess maybe you just needed to reassert yourselves. Maybe you’ve been feeling like you haven’t had as much attention since the glory days of that big measles outbreak a year ago. Well, congratulations, anti-vaxxers. You’re still the literal worst.
Late last week, zillionaire hoodie aficionado Mark Zuckerberg posted — like you do — an adorable photo of the proud dad holding his one month-old baby daughter Max as she rocked a seriously cute Patagonia snowsuit. Who could take issue with such a sweet image? Well, pair it with the no doubt intentional “This is what responsible parenting looks like” subtext of Zuckerberg’s caption “Doctor’s visit — time for vaccines!” and, 70 thousand comments later, you’ve got your answer.
Bias can be a chicken-and-egg problem. Our culture, institutions, and common practices help ingrain bias into us, but our biases also reinforce the common practices that institutionalize bias. That’s why it’s so important to consciously, and constantly, challenge these biases anywhere we can in order to break the cycle. Comments like Zuckerberg’s are a great start.