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Zak: I think how much racism one detects in a society depends on multiple factors. The first factor would be how much time you spend thinking about race in your day to day life, if you don’t pay attention to race it tends not to affect your thinking as much. The second factor would be how much you personally believe that society is racist, as in systemic vs. one-off racists. The third factor would be how much you believe race influences you personally. And finally, how much you allow race to affect your choices in life. Many whites have been accused of being inherently racist as if it weren’t a choice we were capable of changing. This inherency is based on the fact that whites, in general, tend not to think about race as a factor in their day to day lives. While I wouldn’t presume to speak for all white people and some obviously think about it more than others, I’ve found it’s not something that’s not a common topic of discussion. American blacks, tend to talk about race on a much more regular basis. This tendency to focus more on race makes it more of a factor in black lives than in the lives of whites. The second factor, belief in society’s systemic racism rather than just believing there are a few bad apples in every group tends to shade one’s views on racism. While there was obviously systemic racism 60 or 70 years ago, today factors outside of race itself tend to affect the races. Taking into account
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  • Winter '17
  • White people, Household income in the United States, Zak, systemic racism

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