Does having an implicit bias make you racist?

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VotreAltesse
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Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.


This implicit bias stems from the front part of our brains where lies pattern shaping.

For example, if I saw a young arab looking male with a beard and a bag in front of me on the Tube, I might, and most will, feel uneasy. This is, I believe, purely down to irrational thought processes within the brain involving stereotypes and, in this case, fear.

A large proportion of people I have explained this is to just say "You're definitely racist"... but am I?

Racism: The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races."theories of racism"
  • prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.







In the example I gave above, I am not including every person who "looks arab", I'm am saying that this one particular person looks like a terrorist. So I don't go around thinking and saying "All arabs are terrorists", which simply isn't the case.


I'm not defending what I have thought, because implicit bias is hard to get rid of.. I'm trying to figure out if it is racist or not.

I hope I made sense in all this!
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I do not think it is racist but prejudical to say the least. It does affect us all though as, when I see a gang of white males on the night bus take the seats near me I do look around and formulate a whole range of escape routes.
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(Original post by StolenPrivacy)
I do not think it is racist but prejudical to say the least. It does affect us all though as, when I see a gang of white males on the night bus take the seats near me I do look around and formulate a whole range of escape routes.

I do that a lot too, especially when I have to take 3 night buses to get home from a night out in town. I really can't wait for 24/7 Tube.

It's definitely prejudice, for sure.
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It really depends if you are cognizant of this and try to think and act more rationally than your subconscious would want. If you do, you're probably not racist. If you just say "oh well it's my subconscious and everyone does it" then yes, being wilfully apathetic about prejudices in your own head is just as bad as hating minorities on purpose.
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I'd say nah
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I think most of it is media driven.


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