A popular heart drug has been used on volunteer test subjects to access its effect on alleviating racial thoughts on the subconscious level. The theory is that racism is built off of subconscious fear and therefore if a beta-blocker that blocked the brains neurotransmitters that led to fear were used then racism would decrease.
Then you have to ask whether or not all racism evolved from fear. I for one don’t believe that all racism is based on fear and if all racism doesn’t stem from fear then taking a beta-blocker wouldn’t necessarily work. Racism just isn’t that simple, it comes from many sources. It’s true some racist thoughts are based on fear, such as the type that is an extreme of stereotyping in example, when a person becomes uncomfortable when in a neighborhood that is dominantly one specific race. That type of racism is most likely fear based.
When we look at racism which resulted from upbringing, there just isn’t any fear attached. There may have been fear associated with this type of racism originally however as time progressed it became less fear and more learned or ingrained character flaws.
I may be looking too far into this and simply splitting hairs, yet still I just can’t seem to chalk all levels and all types of racism into fear. I believe that the root cause of racism can come from many avenues beyond fear. Do you believe that racism is strictly a result of fear or is it possible that it springs from other areas?