The Gates arrest controversy brought with it a storm of comments from conservatives as to how racism is dead and that we can now move forward with the meritocricy that has been true for a long time in this race-blind country. Yep, you betcha. The only problem with this assertion? That’s right, it is not true in any way, shape, or form.
The Implicit Association Test viewable at the linked Harvard website lays to rest the conservative “race-blind” myth. The test reveals that racism is alive and well even though many who genuinely believe that they are free of racism, in truth, really are not. Including, yours truly, the author of this post. The IAT is one of those pesky reminders that we have not grown much past our Jim Crowe roots. My test results revealed that I have a strong preference for European whites over African Americans.
Take the test to find out the truth about yourself.