Racism is not easily identified in ourselves.
Even when we witness our own microaggressions and how they affect others, we remain in stubborn denial that we are racist.
Yes. I believe that most people are racist to varying degrees and either they cleverly disguise their racism, or they do not know that it exists.
An example of a microaggression is:
Speaking to an African American: “So what country were you born in? This microaggression can make the person feel unwelcome or a stranger in America. This question assumes that the person was not born in the United States and does not belong here.
One way that a person can discover that they are racist is by observing the expression of hurt, disgust, anger or fear on the faces of those who are receiving the microaggression.
The problem is that many people will not ask the offended person what they are feeling and so the microaggression remains hidden and is never exposed.
Even when people examine their inner selves, they may be unable to detect racism because of the protection of the dominant white society which assumes that they are always right and all others are wrong. The privileged white majority denies its own racism while it claims ethnic and moral superiority. This is the mentality that created and maintained slavery and perpetrated the slaughter of thousands of African Americans. The myth of white supremacy became like a perverted religion and tool of manipulation to control whole groups of people. The United States was built on this lie.
Racism will likely be with us forever. Each of us is responsible to uncover and purge our own racism and perhaps even help our neighbors to see the light.