Human Beings Hard-Wired for Racism? Don't Tell Barbara Hall
From the Daily Mail:
Racism is hardwired into the brain, say
scientists - and it operates unconsciously.
The same circuits in the brain that allow us
to see which ethnic group a person belongs to overlap with others that drive
The result is that even right-thinking
individuals make unconscious decisions based on a person's race.
Brain scans have proved that interactions with
people of other ethnic backgrounds set off reactions that may be completely
unknown to our conscious selves.
Coming soon to "human rights" commissions/councils/tribunals near you: orders to perform prefrontal lobotomies on people whose brain scans reveal their minds to be suffused with unconscious racism?
The finding may force researchers to think
about racism in entirely new ways...
I have always believed that what we call racism is better defined as xenophobia and is part of our instinctual fight or flight mechanism. In short we are hard wired for it.
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