I realize all of us judge most things through the lens of our experiences. Which lens impacts your visions the most? Is it race? Science? Religion? Redskins? Being an American?
In this thread, I want to put out the assumption that none of us are neutral and all have experiential biases. It's very interesting to me (on both sides) how all these recent "race" threads play out and I just wonder... is it the mechanics of THAT conversation, is it a necessary survival skill, or is it just a reality that makes you view the world in the manner you do and express it in the way that you have esp. over the last week and a half.
I believe myself to be reasonably fair. Race is not the first thing or the second thing I think about... even on social issues. Now, I will admit that there are situations where race pops into my head and even occassionally fears that I later dislike myself for (Like when it's 2 in the morning and I'm in the subway or on a back street). I can also admit that there are topics that ping my radar and set me on auto suspiscion/defense mode... like if someone mentions Hitler, the Nazis, genocide, and probably even Israel. I do try not to let my biases infect unrelated aspects of my life and conversation, but bias like radiation can occasionally leak out.
So, my hands are not clean. I have been guilty of accusatory thoughts and fearful biases, but I believe that they don't rule, control, or color my life 95% of the time.
How much do you view the world through the prism of race?