05-12-2016, 03:59 PM
I think what some people fail to understand is that racism exists on a spectrum. It's not just the explicit, overly violent kind that one thinks of (slavery, lynchings, etc.), but rather a mix of both the implicit and explicit. It's easy to understand why many people will swear they aren't racist when confronted, then: they have a very black and white view of racism (pun intended), which leads to defensiveness and a refusal to confront their biases. To be clear, we all have our biases. The sentiment that we live in some "post-racial" society persists because of this misunderstanding. Even the implicit biases can be very harmful when it's coupled with power. There are studies showing that police officers are quicker to the trigger when they're presented with a darker skinned suspect for example, which is a clear case of how implicit biases coupled with power can be dangerous.
I understand what you're saying, however; ingroup favoritism is a very real thing. They will feel more empathy for people who look like them and/or share the same beliefs. They don't share the same empathy for outgroups, which is very apparent when you see the differences in how whites and blacks feel about the police state. Whites are generally more supportive of the police state, while blacks — who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police — have a greater mistrust.
It would be great if we could rid ourselves of these problems which are enforced or aggravated by the State, and I think now more than ever, many people are waking up and realizing that things aren't functioning. This is good. Like I said, even if you don't like certain elements of, or the messaging of BLM, they are helping make people aware of corruption. However, the poster you're agreeing with doesn't seem to care about this issue since they're ardently supporting Trump. Furthermore, we can't stop talking about race because race is absolutely an issue. Racism isn't going to go away if we pretend it doesn't exist or isn't a problem.