I was raised to be a racist and I’ve spent a lot of years trying to overcome my upbringing.
On public radio’s The Takeaway, journalist John Hockenberry talked about a method of testing thoughts and feelings outside conscious awareness and control. I went to the site, The IAT. The Implicit Association Test is a research project by Harvard and other universities, measuring attitudes and beliefs people may be unwilling or unable to report. Many tests are offered—from religion to gender to weight. I took the race test.
Try it. It takes 10 minutes.
I’m sorry to report the song from South Pacific was right. “You have to be taught to love and to hate.” In Mississippi, we were carefully taught and it’s hard to erase those early prejudices. In spite of my efforts, the test showed I “moderately prefer” European faces over African ones.