Well it is in my opinion that racism, unconscious, intentional or systemic, in order for it to continue it has to be taught, unchallenged, accepted and promoted.
If you take a look at our societies today you will see the effects racism has tolled in our lives. The perceptions we continue to hold towards one another, even our neighborhoods, where we worship, where our children sit in the school cafeteria and even in how some of us vote.
There are countless of examples to choose from, but in interest of time and clarity I will only cover a few that are prevalent within American society and among multiple racial groups. It’s too revealing to assume that racism is the exclusive attribute of a single group of people or mindset. It is also revealing to assume that the victims of racism, discrimination, bigotry, intolerance and prejudice is exclusive to a single set of people or ideology too. Consider the person doing the discrimination is as much a victim as the person being discriminated against. They too are victim to the notion of a superior/inferiority complex.
First lets discuss unconscious racism. I begin referencing a story on politically conservative leaning website. To the surprise of some I’m not accusing them of unconscious racism, but referencing a good article about it. (Source: Townhall.com – 09/27/06 “Unconscious Racism”)
I have to interject something real quick, because those who are honest with themselves will have to admit that when they saw the words politically conservative a bias popped into their mind was a thought of “he’s about to criticize conservatives for racism or some bias”. Now be honest. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, the likely thought that entered that crossed the mind of some reading this was anticipation of a criticism. You don’t have to admit it to me, I’m just trying to give a real-time example of what I’m trying to define. It may not have been a racist thought, but bigoted none-the-less. But that doesn’t make you a racist or a bigot.
After reading the article referenced above this only demonstrates a single example of unconscious racism by someone who listened to his colleague’s story and assumed that the crack head was someone Black. I wouldn’t have let a sociologist off as easily as this gentleman did, but that’s perhaps evidence of my own bias. I hold ministers, sociologist to name a few to a slightly higher standard. They should know better, but it goes to prove that it doesn’t matter who you are or even where you are socially in life, you to can still be unconsciously racist.