As we focus on hate crimes and instances of overt racial animus, we think racial justice will be achieved when we can eliminate them. While those are morally blameworthy and often reprehensible acts, I believe we are missing the bigger picture.
Those crimes and conscious acts of discrimination are not racism itself, rather they are the symptoms of racism. They arise out of a substrate of internalized subconscious beliefs that guide the bulk of our daily actions. Social scientists have devised some clever studies which demonstrate this fact well, but there’s nothing quite as persuasive as seeing it in action.
In all likelihood, the unwitting individual in the social experiment video isn’t who we would call a racist person. In all likelihood, he is like so many of us who take an internal poll and find that we harbor no racial animus, and yet…
Do you think the woman in the next video would answer a poll saying she feels biased against black men? Latino men? Asian men?
Me neither. It’s probably just a preference.