When I saw this story on ABC News I was a bit…underwhelmed. Um…if you are racist, you know that you are. You might not care. Your racist nature may not figure into your day to day life. However, when you encounter a person against whom you hold bias simply because of their race…you will inherently think, act, and be racist. If you aren’t racist…you won’t.
Tell someone that he’s sexist, ageist or racist nowadays and it’s easy to get a red-faced defensive reaction. In modern times, men and women of all backgrounds would rather believe themselves to be benevolent egalitarians.
Yet, while few want to be known as a bigot, millions of people seem to wonder, “am I?” — and going to the Project Implicit Web site to find out. www.implicit.harvard.edu
Started as a research tool at Yale in 1995, Project Implicit now has 11 million tests completed, and 20,000 new tests taken each week by Web surfers curious about their possible unconscious biases.
Participants are instructed to assign a class of attributes — such as smart, lazy or failure — to a single group of people — such as women, Christians, or Americans — with one or two keystrokes as fast as they can. The point is to measure the first reaction, not the self-edited one.
- ABC News Online
Guess who know’s for sure is you’re a racist? Just you, and you alone. No matter what you say out of your mouth, in public, or how you are other wise “PC”. Between you and your God (or non-deity of choice)…you know the truth.
That’s why people don’t like the “race card”. No one who is racist and is not comfortable with being publicly outed as a hate monger is going to be happy about getting the race care pulled on them. There are a lot of proud, card carrying racists who have no problem letting you know who they hate. On the other side, those who are not racists do not want to be labeled either. Think of any negative label that you don’t identify yourself with and then think of how offended you would by someone giving you that label publicly. Not cute, huh.
Sigh, all things considered it’s not cut and dry. Do I think that some people are indoctrinated and taught to hate? Yes. Do I think you can call whole classes and groups of people racists based on history and institutionalized racism? Honestly…I’m on the fence about that sometimes. Fox News doesn’t help. Opps…did I just imply some racism. My bad. I’ve had good teachers.