The recent news stories of African-Americans who have been murdered by law enforcement and people acting as community protectors is straining my faith in humanity after 2 years of a major boost in Peace Corps. The sad fact is I’ve probably heard 75% of my very liberal, open-minded, caring non-black friends say at one point or another that someone was scary/threatening solely because they were black, male, tall and heavier in size…all at the same time. I don’t know what the solution to racial equality is but first acknowledging that you have prejudice thoughts, at the bare minimum, is a step in the right direction.
Just wanted to share this article with my readers.
And the sooner we both acknowledge this, the sooner we can begin to address the problem. So let’s talk.
“Wait just a minute here, Rachel. You’re like, the least racist person I know. You’re always sharing stuff about race and racism. You couldn’t possibly be racist.”
Here’s the deal. Racism isn’t just guys in white robes and Paula Deen shouting racial slurs. Racism is subtle, racism is insidious, and our culture is so deeply steeped in it that it’s impossible to grow up in the US and not be racist. It’s a kind of brainwashing: a set of default configuration files that come with the culture. It’s a filter, built up from birth, that alters our perception of the world. (Literally–racial bias makes people see weapons that aren’t there.) Racism isn’t just conscious actions; it’s judgements that happen so fast that we may not even be aware of…
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