I had to send this to my sister for it deals with the very topic we were talking about yesterday! Which was how (some) folks who express prejudice (and the ugly signs of racism) don’t actually realize they’re doing it…nor can they recognize they (even) possess the slightest hint of these attitudes, for they are hidden within the heart.
Having lived in the south I see it all the time: many of these poor folks were raised in households where racial prejudice was common and openly expressed. And though they honestly believe they’ve “moved on” and “evolved” leaving all that behind, and now are totally accepting of all races, the roots still remain. In other words, the tree may indeed have been cut down, but the roots remain. Roots, which at the slightest “watering” threaten to spring to life.
One thing I’ve noticed is being a Christian doesn’t seem to matter, for prejudice can be found among Christians just as often as it’s found among non-Christians. I do think the difference is Christians are more apt to be blind to actually harboring this type of sin and would be genuinely shocked if God were to reveal they possessed it. But you know folks, it really can’t be hidden from others. It seeps through in our words and actions like the odor of putrid water standing in a deserted well.
Anyway, I know my sister will be interested in reading this and I thought you might too.
WASHINGTON — Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.
Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly. In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election.
In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.
“As much as we’d hope the impact of race would decline over time … it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago,” said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who worked with AP to develop the survey.
Most Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too. In an AP survey done in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test. The survey on Hispanics had no past data for comparison.