Racism vs prejudices & biases

Taken from http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/let-s-talk-about-race-in-ground-breaking-documentary-7839688

 

Q: In the show, one taxi driver said he did not think he was racist, but then went on to describe why he picked passengers based on their race. How did it make you feel to hear those stereotypes about your own race?

There’s the conflation of prejudice and racism. And he, the taxi driver, Uncle Steven, has prejudice. And he understands he has prejudice.

He still has to pick up his customers. He might not always have a good experience with some customers, or he may have a bias about some customers. But then he sees it is important that he behaves in a non-racist way, and he thinks of himself as non-racist.

And it is that separation – that fine line of racism versus bias and prejudices. We are not going to get rid of people’s prejudices and biases. It is about how you cope with it. And in a strange way, Uncle Steven has some of the most insight… He understands his biasness and prejudice, and he understands that it is important not to be racist.

That is kind of what we need to achieve.

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