A lofty subject line I admit. I’ve read several articles lately about how younger people, particularly urban and educated, don’t see race in the same way their parents and grandparents do. The hints and clues that trigger the first reaction if someone’s in your tribe are more about haircuts, clothing, headphones, etc. than it is about skin color. And that transition of visual clues, I think, it’s what’s causing the fragmentation in America.
Younger urban dwellers rely on these “other” clues much more so than older suburban residents do, who are still using skin-color as the first clue about who someone is. I’m not implying that they’re inherently racist, what I’m implying is they’re still using an outdated method of first impressions.
And that dramatic gulf of how we judge first impressions is what’s causing the tension.
Just a thought.