Ah! Racism. The thing I know absolutely nothing about, if we’re talking about first-hand experience.
… But also the subject I am really interested in, both from the anthropological and personal point of view. When I say personal, I don’t mean on having to deal with the issue myself. I admit I don’t. But the way humans think amazes (and scares) me, and I do not wish to pretend that something so obvious like racism (or any separation between “us” and “them”) doesn’t exist. It does, it is bad, and there isn’t much we can do about it. Is there?
Here’s the infamous Implicit Association Test that can basically say if you prefer one race over the other (only black and white are in question here, though there are more tests to explore different issues).
Apparently, test statistics say many people prefer white people. Yes, even some black people feel the same.
So when I found the link, I thought: why not? I’ll take the test and it will, of course, show I do not have any preferences when it comes to race. After all, I believe in equality! This test will prove I don’t have prejudices!
Um… It didn’t go that way.
The result shows I am a racist. They don’t really say it like that, it is masked as: “strong automatic preference”, but we all know what that really means.
It looks like I have a strong automatic preference for black people. That’s right. “Strong preference” means you do have some seeeerious issues, while “black people” means (besides hating white people, I guess) you’re really “speshul” in your racism, since only 2% of people have the same views.
I never thought of myself as racist. Never. To tell you the truth, I still don’t. There must be something wrong with that test; perhaps it’s because I am not a native English speaker.
And then… Maybe it’s deeper. After all, I’ve never met a black person in my life. I hardly ever saw a black human being apart from TV, images and movies. Wait… I did sit next to a black man on a bus once. And that would be about all. So I bet the lack of experience is making my result wrong. And not in a way that I like black people because I’ve never met them; but in a way I dislike white people because I live among them and I know them very well.
I think this test doesn’t prove I’m a racist, but a misanthrope.
PS-But to be 100% honest, I wasn’t really disappointed with the test, just surprised. I think I’d feel worse with “strong preference for white people” result, so deeply inside, I don’t hate myself for this.
Take the test and discover something nasty about yourself!