How Does One Go About Being Subconciously Racist?

In Iowa, a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 6,000 blacks passed over for government jobs alleges not active racism among those doing the hiring but rather subconcious racism.

…up to 6,000 African-Americans passed over for state jobs and promotions dating back to 2003 — do not say they faced overt racism or discriminatory hiring tests in Iowa, a state that is 91 percent white. Instead, their lawyers argue that managers subconsciously favored whites across state government, leaving blacks at a disadvantage in decisions over who got interviewed, hired and promoted.

So if there’s no evidence of active racism, if there is no indication that the people doing the hiring and promotions were making decisions based on skin color, then what are we left with?

The idea that simply not hiring or promoting a black person is in and of itself racist?

What I find more offensive than the idea that these 6,000 or so blacks weren’t hired/promoted is the idea that they then conclude that the mostly-white state is somehow racist.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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