An interesting experiment on racism (as well as other forms of discrimination) – take this test and note your reaction times. Then I’d suggest reading Nicholas Kristof’s article in the NYTimes. I’ll bet you had a bias. As Kristof says, “Most whites and many blacks are more quick to shoot blacks, no matter how egalitarian they profess to be.” These implicit attitude tests, he continues, “very cleverly show that a stunningly large proportion of people who honestly believe themselves to be egalitarian unconsciously associate good with white and bad with black.”
However, that just makes us human. More interesting experiments here. Point of all this: it’s important to consciously realize how you may subconsciously feel/act/react toward other people. The article goes on about how this is relevant in the current democratic primary. Fascinating.