Oh, ok! That makes sense.
Supertom posted some interesting videos a few months back on how people respond to different races during a crime. Working in retail, I've also noticed that people have a propensity to suspect Aboriginal people of shoplifting even when there is no good reason to do so. That is not to say that there aren't structural reasons for why some Aboriginal people will resort to shop lifting, but there are other structural reasons for other demographic groups to steal, like little old white people living on a pension. Trust me, no one ever suspects the little old couple of stealing pain killers until they flat out catch them in the act!
I suspect the response is different too. I'll be honest, I found it hysterically funny watching the little old couple scurry away with their pain killers. I chose not to do anything about it. I'm not sure how I would react if it was a young, Aboriginal man instead.
Originally Posted by Mariana Trench
I completely agree with this, so I do think maybe I communicated something I didn't quite mean. I mean that our cultural psyche and therefore many unconscious biases are set up in a way that favors white people over other races, and for the most part that's still the case. (This is why I think things like analyzing race or sex or class in pop culture is valuable, because it shows where that cultural psyche stands.)