I was shocked… nay, appalled at the results when I took the Project Implicit “Race” test last night. This test exposes prejudices one may have on a variety of things that one can be prejudiced about (Race, Religion, Gender, Sexuality, etc). It may be the result of social imprinting… or you might just be prejudiced.
The tests consist of sorting words and pictures into groups. For example, it will give you words like freedom or happiness and you put them into the “good” group. If it gives you despair or violence you put them into “bad.” It then mixes the words with faces and asks you to sort them either as good/bad or African/European.
I don’t want to tell you more, I’d rather you take the test, look at the results and let me know. I came back as having a “preference” toward Europeans (and this with me knowing the test was trying to “detect” racism — and me attempting to ensure I came back “unbiased”). What it showed me was that my automatic reactions are quite different than more thoughtful ones… but it was a frustrating lesson to learn…
Give it a try!