It isn’t overt racism that is the problem. Most of us deplore it, regardless of our political differences. The challenge of our day is to counter the subconscious racism that has been instilled in our minds over the course of hundreds of years of social conditioning. From the perspective of neuropsychology, our brains are wired to respond to perceived threats. That’s natural. Scientific. Sadly, however, we have been trained to perceive black men as threatening. This is our reality, and we must own it. This article has some interesting facts to consider in this regard.
“Research in the last couple of decades suggests that the problem is not so much overt racists. Rather, the larger problem is a broad swath of people who consider themselves enlightened, who intellectually believe in racial equality, who deplore discrimination, yet who harbor unconscious attitudes that result in discriminatory policies and behavior.”