The question of whether we allow racist stereotypes to dominate our personal decisions is rightly one of concern. Naturally, we look inside our minds, introspectively, for the answer.
“Do I try and mostly succeed in giving each person fair and individual consideration?”
Many strive to get to a place where they say ‘yes’ honestly, and that is commendable. When it comes to beliefs and conscious decisions, I believe almost everyone in my community strives to be fair. But what about all the things we do and believe without much or any conscious thought? Could we be expressing racial prejudice… subconsciously?
I am quoting below a large part of this well considered piece. http://www.persuasivelitigator.com/2015/07/dont-treat-racism-as-just-a-belief.html
Social scientists, however, know better. They understand that racism can’t be placed into that neat box of overt animus. Sure, racism can be expressed in conscious beliefs and actions, but it also can be expressed through unconscious bias. For example, millions have taken the Implicit Association Test developed by researchers at Yale University and the University of Washington, and most have been surprised at the extent to which the test can reveal subtle associations and preferences.
The test documents a common form of racism that extends beyond the beliefs and attitudes that we’re aware of. Under the heading of “aversive racism,” current research is looking at the kinds of subconscious bias that can be exhibited by those who believe they have no racial bias at all.
The Orange County Register features an article focusing on research by Cal State Fullerton psychologist Russ Espinoza who found that mock jurors are motivated to find reasons, other than race, in order to justify greater punitiveness toward minority defendants. This finding, as well as the broader view of racial bias that it suggests, bears not only on the criminal defendants they study, but also on the biases we anticipate and search for in cases generally.
So lawyers already know and consider this about jurors.
Some convince themselves…. looking for reasons to justify racist impulses, “I can’t be, no, it can’t be racism…. it must be something else. It’s a preference then! ‘They’ are different somehow, and I just don’t prefer that.”
Please read the full article here… http://www.persuasivelitigator.com/2015/07/dont-treat-racism-as-just-a-belief.html