Response to the ‘Field’
I don’t disagree with you about the origin of racism. Clearly, it was and still is learned. However, I’m interested in the idea of adaptation – the way in which certain traits in animals are selectively weeded out by the particular species, while others become more engrained. One of my heroes notes that ‘racism is in the air you breath.’ It seems to have progressed from a mere learned behavior to something close to heredity. It appears to be a collective form of insanity.
I saw this this video on ThatGirl’s blog of black children (in 2006) choosing white dolls over black, and saying that “the white doll is good and the black doll is bad.” These kids were really very young. Who’s teaching them: their parents? Society? School? Television?
Really the question is who’s NOT teaching them? Racism/white supremacy is omnipresent. I don’t think white folks have to be ‘actively’ taught racism/white supremacy from some parent motivated to churn out bigots from the dollar menu. Racism is taught by remote control. To everybody. Through every institution. It is that pervasive.