Racism has moved from an explicit racism, defined by laws and enforced by men in white robes, to one where people largely believe in laws that don’t discriminate, while they themselves — subconsciously discriminate in numerous subtle ways.
This study shows one example of such unconscious bias.
They showed people a photograph of two white men fighting, one unarmed and another holding a knife. Then they showed another photograph, this one of a white man with a knife fighting an unarmed African-American man.
When they asked people to identify the man who was armed in the first picture, most people picked the right one. Yet when they were asked the same question about the second photo, most people — black and white — incorrectly said the black man had the knife.
Even before it was announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, leaders were calling once again for a “national conversation on race.”