Few weeks ago my friend brought to my attention that she think that everyone is racist. I was surprise about her bringing that topic up to me. Therefore I ask why she thinks that; she said I should try to be aware about how people talk and the different terms & phrases we use. I took into to hand what she told me, I did some research and I agreed with her.
I strongly belief that we all are a little racist but not consciously, the culture we live in gave us the habit of using racial terms without know that we are using them; in addition we should learn to accept that the racism is universal.
While previous psychological studies have shown that racism, sexism and ageism tend to be universal, a new study led by Paul Verhaeghen, professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology, found that works in the American culture, namely literature, movies, TV, radio and the Internet, may contribute to the problem by exhibiting the same stereotypes that society works so hard to snuff out. “There’s one idea that people tend to associate black people with violence, women with weakness, or older people with forgetfulness — because they are prejudiced. But there’s another possibility that what’s in your head is not you, it’s the culture around you,” said Verhaeghen.
We are accustom to talking the way we do because of the culture we live in, its part of our norm. It is everywhere; the way we socialize with each other and the technology we use for example the internet. We can read about racism, or even see it in another person sometimes, but we can never experience it because we are unaware about out actions it is in our unconscious mind.
We should be aware that the invisibility of (different types of race) privileges is out there, and that it informs what we do in ways that we don’t always see. We need to understand that there is a structure of racism; we sometimes deny that fact because everyone is a little bit racist, we all cancel one another out, so everyone is fine.
A group of psychologist conducts a study that shows that we are a little racist. They hand out timed questionnaire to their participants designed to rate the amount of prejudice (both negative and positive) they exhibited. For more information on how this study went feel free to visit the following:
The Following are links of 2 video clips that help also to illustrate my point of view about how we use racist phrase with each other and sometimes not aware about it.