One thing I sincerely appreciate the most is when someone courteously and cogently tells me I’m full of crap — I really do. It’s nice to hear that I’m right, but I’d much rather hear when I’m wrong. After all, how can we learn if no one ever tells us we’re wrong?

Again, thank you.

That being said, concerning your statement:

So when you remarked that “Even when we sincerely believe ourselves to be socially progressive and use our influence and money to promote equality, we cannot self-adjust for our unconscious biases. It simply cannot be undone”, it is not absolute nor accurate, even for you. This tends to justify or sanction it when in fact you can simply unlearn the unconscious bias irregardless of the contrived societal benefits derived for the imperious group membership.

Looking back at that, I’d say it would be more accurate to say the truth lay somewhere in between, that while we can self-adjust to a degree (whether lesser or greater), the unconscious bias can never be completely unlearned. That, and the bias can simply change. In my own experience, I’ve become much more likely to be suspicious of the intentions of Whites than before, even to the point where my Asian wife has rebuked me for being so suspicious of others. I know the suspicion is borne of the old maxim that “familiarity breeds contempt” (and I’ve found that saying to be true in so many ways), but that still doesn’t excuse my propensity to be so suspicious of others, to assume racist motives based simply on their race.

You also said:

Humans are inherently peripatetic so this notion that implicit bias via race is unavoidable is a bit weak. The stronger argument is that xenophobia and its streotyping plays a larger contributing role of reinforcement to the implicit biases of the groupthink kind.

I would reply that implicit bias via race is indeed unavoidable, but would add that the degree of bias can be greatly lessened. Your follow-on statement is of course true, and it makes me wonder if there is a measurable correlation between the degree of overt bias as compared to the degree of implicit bias in any given society. If so, then which is the most effective way to lessen both types of bias?

Again, thanks :)

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