Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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Anonymous
2018-09-27 09:37:22

While none of us wants to see our life change by a single statement (or minutes long rant), the masses aren't just reacting to a single ill-advised statement (or drunken rant, or flat attempt at humour). No one would say such blatantly racist things unless these were deeply-held opinions that filter their perceptions of and interactions with others. Ditto for sexist, homophobic statements, etc. Yes, they are a snapshot of a moment in time, but they also speak to the person's underlying fundamental beliefs. They are explicit demonstrations of the implicit biases that person holds. Implicit bias is a much more challenging beast to identify and overcome than explicit bias. The masses are reacting as much to the revealed implicit biases as to the statements themselves. How likely is J Sacco to treat a black hotel employee or co-worker differently than a white one, if those are her implicit beliefs? How likely is K Pocha to treat an immigrant customer at the dealership or a neighbour differently than a non-immigrant? That is what people are responding to, beyond the explicit statement itself. To flip the discussion, how likely is the shooter of an unarmed minority person to hold strong implicit biases against the other race, even if they don't "think" they're a racist? Think, speak, act and be held accountable. That said, the social media vitriol is unlikely to change a person's implicit biases and can make them stronger - now seeing themselves as a victim.

Anonymous
2018-09-26 11:35:15

Another effective blog, Grant. It is unfortunate that people in general, worldwide, do not understand or appreciate the Christian concept of forgiveness. In my opinion, it would solve many of our problems.