The second is that we tend to look for patterns, which allow us to anticipate others' actions. We do this through taking previous knowledge and mapping that onto new experiences. The better we are at this, the more likely we are to survive.
No matter how accepting we think we are, our brain does these two things automatically and without our control. So you're right, everyone is a little bit racist, but acting on these biases is what matters.
edit: I'd also like to say tha the justification that some races are more violent or prone to do criminal acts is just nonsense. You are looking at it on the surface and not digging any deeper. Sure, there are more black people in prison than white people (at least relative to the number of each in the general population). But that in itself is not enough to show any causality between race and crime.
The fact is though, that Humans are a sub-class of Animal. Whether Black or White, they're not a different race or species, so the chance that they're genetically, or "built to" be more likely to commit crimes is just being stupid and naive.
If you watch the news, all you'll hear is about how minorities are committing crimes, raping women and gang-banging kids. Are we over-reporting on these crimes, or is it that these people are more prone to such things. Is it genetic, or is it our own "racist" culture has created this now true stereotype?
Again, to me though, Racism is the hatred of someone of a different skin colour / nationality.
We are, in the end, animals. When we see another living creature we subconsciously make a decision about wether we consider said creature to be a threat to us or not. If we see something that looks like us, we generally won't consider it a threat, because we are pack animals. Safety in numbers. Someone else who looks like you is a "friend". If we see something that looks different than us, we subconsciously go "uh-oh, he looks different, he could be a threat".
This is in no way a defense of racism. Like I said, racism is ignorant and stupid. Just saying that it has a natural cause, and we really are racists, all of us, subconsciously, because we do judge other people by how they look, wether we want to or not, wether we notice it or not.
Race is genetic, if Race was the factor if you took a group of 20 black infants and put them in a bubble and they were more violent than 20 Whites or Asians or Latins in another bubble, then you would have some basis to say race was a factor, instead you are saying a society is influencing people in a negative way. that isn't race that is social influence.
and if you start talking about statistics the first thing you need to do is remove the potential for logical mistakes of attributing the result to what you want rather than seeing it as an irrelevant variable that happens to be present. so really take the time to look and see what is the cause and what is just irrelevant
You're confusing correlation and causation. Different races aren't more innately more prone to violence. However, there is a large concentration of minority populations in the inner city, which lends itself to increased crime and violence as it always has. It was no different when it was populated by white people.
In fact as far as I'm aware the UK is the only european nation that outright bans guns for civilians.This is why people ban guns. Gun supporters don't know what guns are.Shotguns I'll give you (provided you're allowed 12 and larger gauges... because I mean... come on...) but not .22s.
Racists are one of the things that keep mankind away from reaching Tier 1 civilization, they are ignorant, most often filled with miss interpretations of things and generally tend to be idiots.
"Why do we fight? To protect home and family, to preserve balance and bring harmony. For my kind the true question is, what is worth fighting for?"
Acknowledging the different races of humans isn't racism, stating one is superior to the other is though.