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CDC Employees Call Out Agency's 'Toxic Culture Of Racial Aggressions' [npr.org]

 

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Although research reveals infants demonstrate a preference for caregivers of their own race, any future racial biases generally are environmentally acquired.

One way of rectifying this bias is by allowing young children to become accustomed to other races in a harmoniously positive manner.

Adult racist sentiments, however, are often cemented by a misguided yet strong sense of entitlement, perhaps also acquired from rearing.

Fortunately, at an impressionably young age I, for example, was emphatically told by my mother about the exceptionally kind and caring nature of our black family doctor.

She never had anything disdainful to say about people of colour; in fact she loves to watch/listen to the Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinental dancers and musicians on the multicultural channels. She only saw/sees what is in one’s heart.

Conversely, if she’d told me the opposite about the doctor, I could’ve aged while blindly linking his colour with an unjustly cynical view of him and all black people. 

When angry, my (late) father occasionally expressed displeasure with Anglo immigrants, largely due to his own experiences with bigotry as a new Canadian citizen in the 1950s and ’60s.   

He, who like Mom emigrated from Eastern Europe, didn’t resent non-white immigrants, for he realized they had things at least as bad. Plus he noticedβ€”as I also now doβ€”in them an admirable absence of a sense of entitlement. 

Thus essentially by chance I reached adulthood unstricken by uncontrolled feelings of racial contempt seeking expression.

Not as lucky, some peopleβ€”who may now be in an armed authority capacityβ€”were raised with a distrust or blind dislike of other racial groups.

Regardless, the first step towards changing our irrationally biased thinking is our awareness of it and its origin.

But until such progress, the ugly sentiments must be either suppressed or professionally dealt with, especially when considering the mentality is easily inflamed by anger. For, great harm can come to those unjustly exposed to the racism, including the racists’ own susceptible young children.

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