(Original post by felamaslen)
In my opinion, your questions that you posed regarding black people are not very interesting, in the same way that it wouldn't be very interesting to ask why there are more short academics, say (not that it's necessarily true, but just pretend it was), or more blond architects. These questions are only relevant if you view black people as a group rather than as people, as individuals, regardless of the colour of their skin. I view people as individuals. I could not care less about how many black people vs. white people there are in higher education, poor vs. rich, victims of crime etc., and this is because I do not value the suffering and success of black people or white people, I value of the suffering and success of people.
Which racial prejudice do I possess, may I ask, when I merely judge people based on what I know of them, and not their race?
No, these are not the same types of question. Maybe we have different views on the situation because in my country, Brazil, the black population is aggressively under-representated in any privileged portion of the society (i.e universities, public sector, CEOs, doctors, lawyers etc.), a state imparted by a COMMON treatment bestowed upon all of them, regardless of the cultural differences that they might present. While I have never seen a blond-haired person suffer any kind of abuse or special treatment solely because of this particular trait, I can safely say that I have seen the black in one's skin steer the treatment one gets.
I'm afraid you are being too romantic. I long for the day when skin color means the same as hair color (though being a redheaded still can put you in some trouble these days), but the sheer reality is that it is not seen this way. We cannot ignore these effects and their practical implications.
I live in a university town and I'm constantly bewildered at how few black people I see going to the campus. Through all my life, I've never seen an black doctor, nor a black lawyer. If you will, I can present you with some frightening statitics regarding black's health, income and participation in the job market here in Brazil. Politically speaking, they CAN be seen as a group because of what they inherited and how this inheritance influences their lives today. They are born in disadvantage, at least here, so I guess we can overlook the onus of treating individuals as a group if this will benefit said individuals.
Why, I obviously don't know you, but, if like me, you're a human, they, yes, you're a racist. Or you'll show racist attitudes sometime in your life. It is instinctive, really. I don't blame you, but do take my advice and realise our visions will always be flawed and hindered due the fact that we cannot overthrow the weight of purely being a human being.