a form of racial discrimination that is subconcious and indirect, hidden within institutions, culture, stereotypical assumptions, and tradition.
Implicit bias: unconcsious stereotypes learned through past experiences that are automatic, unintentional, deeply ingrained, universal, and able to influence behavior.
Racial insensitivity: displaying ignorance about the disadvantages suffered by minority groups resulting from their minority status.
Aversive racism: the unconscious negative evaluations of implicit bias are realized by avoiding interaction with other racial and ethnic groups.
Color blindness: the disregard of racial characteristics in social interaction that perpetuates the patterns that produce racial inequality
“All Lives Matter” is a slogan criticizing the BLM movement. It is a demonstration of ignorance and white privilege.
“Blue Lives Matter” is a slogan critizing the BLM movement. It represents a failure to recognize a pattern of institutional racism and unwarranted, excessive and illegal force by police officers, for which 99% of are not held accountable for their actions.(https://mappingpoliceviolence.org)
overt hatred for and explicit discrimination against racial minorities
White Supremacy is the racist belief that white people are superior to people of other races. AKA: White Nationalist, White Separatists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, Identitarians, Alt Right. They continually have to invent new terms because the old terms gather bad associations. The old terms gather bad associations because they keep murdering people.
In 2018, 47.1% of the 5,155 victims of hate crimes were motivated by anti-black bias according to the latest report by the FBI. https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2018/topic-pages/victims
Racism is a symptom of psychological ill-health, a defense mechanism generated by feelings of insecurity. Racist belief, or white pride, is essentially having pride in a circumstance one had no choice in. It requires someone with extremely low value and little accomplishments to believe themselves superior to any group based on any arbitrary factor.
Beliefs are formed out of emotion. Logic or logical fallacies are then used to rationalize the belief.
Many beliefs are firmly embedded in belief systems and ideologies, held by groups. The beliefs are further strengthened by the support of the group.
Often, historical or scientific facts will conflict with the beliefs of an ideology, producing cognitive dissonance. Dissonance theory says that members of a group, defined by the ideology, will adopt the position of denialism and rationalize reasons for rejecting the facts.
“Smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for nonsmart reasons.” –Michael Shermer
Denying the existence of systemic racism or white privilege is a form of covert racism.
In psychology, denialism is a person’s choice to deny reality as a way to avoid a psychologically uncomfortable truth.
Denialism originates from preexisting, emotionally-charged beliefs against a historical or scientific concept. Denialists gather or manufacture as many anomalies and factoids that seem to confirm their underlying, biased belief. They argue against an established concept from different 'angles' (stasis points) and switch between them when confronted with irrefutable facts.
Other denialists include Flat-Earthers, Climate change deniers and Holocaust deniers.
Confirmation bias is an error in thinking that causes people to perceive reality inaccurately. It is the tendency to favor information that reaffirms one’s personal beliefs and undervalues evidence that could disprove it.
Cherry picking: the act of seeking only data that confirms a position while ignoring significant data that may contradict that position.
Anomaly hunt: seeking insignificant anomalies in data and using them in an incorrect manner to confirm their position.
Anecdotal fallacy: making assumptions and broad generalizations using informal evidence that relies on personal testimony, whilst ignoring empirical evidence.
Media bias: disqualifying the legitimacy of any news media that does not support their beliefs. Media outlets sometimes sensationalize their news segments to draw viewers. Many gave too much air time to rioters and looters, without enough coverage of peaceful protesting. Misinformation, fake news, racially insensitive comments from Pres. Trump and factually unsupported opinions have an inflammatory effect on viewers.
Many aim to spread misinformation through conspiracy theories that attempt to diminish the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement.
A conspiracy theory is an explanation for an event that involves a plot by powerful agents, often political in motivation, when other explanations are much more probable. Research has shown that belief in conspiracy theories is often psychologically harmful and pathological and is highly correlated with paranoia and interpersonal manipulative traits. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2014.06.040)
The evidence for the conspiracy tends to be highly circumstantial. It may originate from some small truth, but is extrapolated far beyond what the evidence or logic warrants. The amount of overwhelming evidence that disproves their conspiracy, is ignored and given faulty explanations for.
Lacking personal qualifications to feel good about themselves, conspiracy theories allow its believers to have a higher sense of self-worth because it makes them feel smarter than the general public (or 'sheep' as they call them) because they can ‘see through the conspirators.’
a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. It accounts for the disparities regarding wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education, and more.
1. Average wealth for white families is 7x higher than average wealth for black families
2. Black people are burdened with more costly debt
3. Black unemployment rate is consistently twice that of whites
4. Blacks with college degrees are twice as likely to be unemployed as all other graduates
5. Job applicants with white-sounding names get called back about 50% more of the time than applicants with black-sounding names, even when they have identical resumes.
6. Black students are three times more likely to be suspended than white students, even when their infractions are similar. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/crdc-discipline-snapshot.pdf
7. Blacks make up 13.4% of the U.S. population, but represent 40% of the prison population.
8. Black people are 20% more likely to be sentenced to jail time with 20% longer sentences than whites with similar crimes.https://www.ussc.gov/research/research-reports/demographic-differences-sentencing
9. Black people make up 34% of COVID deaths, despite comprising just 13.4% of the U.S. population.https://www.apmresearchlab.org/covid/deaths-by-race
10. 40% of homeless in the U.S. are black, even though they make up just 13% of the country's total population.https://endhomelessness.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/3rd-Demo-Brief-Race.pdf
11. Among Fortune 500 companies, only four currently have a black CEO.https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/center-for-board-effectiveness/articles/missing-pieces-fortune-500-board-diversity-study-2018.html
12. Black drivers are 30% more likely to be pulled over than whites.https://5harad.com/papers/100M-stops.pdf
13. Black Americans are 3x more likely to be killed by police than whites people. https://mappingpoliceviolence.org