bdog wrote:Racism is hardwired into the human brain
Racism is hardwired into the brain, say scientists - and it operates unconsciously.
The same circuits in the brain that allow us to see which ethnic group a person belongs to overlap with others that drive emotional decisions.
The result is that even right-thinking individuals make unconscious decisions based on a person's race.
Definition from YourDictionary.com:
"Prejudice is an opinion or judgment that disregards the facts.
An example of prejudice is racism.
An example of prejudice is liking a person because they have blue eyes.
An example of prejudice is not liking someone because they don't share your religion."
I don't buy the "hard wired" stuff. It could be taken as an excuse and defense of Social Darwinism. I was raised in a hometown that clearly was racist from anyone who was black, hispanic, asian, native american, or anything other than caucasian. Imagine my surprise after moving to Madison, my Heinz 57 heritage, one of my co-workers said I looked "ethnic"--one reason being my skin is naturally more brown than hers (of Norwegian Heritage). I'd say that racism is learned and shared among people of similar culture. Fear of others outside your network and how they may negatively affect you is the problem. Communication is the key.