It does, although I meant it in a scientific way. Apparently we all have implicit racial prejudice, and not only that, we also harbour negative or positive feelings based on sexual preference, gender, age and other, usually non-determining factors. An Implicit Association Test, or IAT, gauges the relative ease with which participants are able to link certain groups of people, for example, gay people, and the concepts of "clean" and "soiled." Ease of association, determined by judgment speed, is considered evidence for an implicitly-held attitude toward that particular social group. If participants are quicker to link "clean" with "heterosexual," for example, as compared to "homosexual", then they're considered to be biased in favour of heterosexuals. In other words, they're prejudiced against homosexuals.
A 2003 experiment revealed that people who have implicit racial bias are "left mentally exhausted after interacting with someone from a different race. [Source]" The tests were conducted on white people, but the result is surely the same on prejudiced, black people. 30 white students took a computer test asking them to classify given names as of black or white people, and given words as being positively or negatively oriented. Testees who took longer to hit the button for positively oriented words following a black name
(like for Sipho below) were considered implicitly biased. Ponder this:
1. Flash: SIPHO MAHLANGU
2. Flash: TOM HENDRICKS
Then the testees were first made to interact with either a black or a white interviewer on some controversial topic, then immediately given a cognitive test on something unrelated to that topic. I can imagine the topic being Affirmative Action, a subject that has animated the South African blogosphere (see this first post, this second one, and this third one) since it came into play. A short time, considering that after more than 40 years it is still a hot subject in the United States. Much of the information concerning its life-span can be gleaned from Fact Monster's US Affirmative Action time-line.
Lastly, the testees were shown photos of unfamiliar black and white men, with a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner studying their brain. There was a clear link between IAT-measured racial prejudice, poor performance on the post-interview cognitive test, and brain activity picked up by the scanner. In effect, when shown snaps of black men, the frontal lobe areas ("associated with reasoning, planning, parts of speech, movement, emotions, and problem solving" [Source], or the executive function of controlling emotion and thought) of the brains of all the white participants lit up. But no frontal lobes lit up when the participants were shown the snap of a white man.
Folks who have implicit racial prejudices are left mentally tired after interacting with a person or people of a different race. Hidden racial bias makes them stupid. The study suggests that it may be because they're trying to quell their prejudice. Use the Harvard IAT to measure your own non-bias, or bias. Ponder this post, your score on the IAT and decide whether it all teaches us anything worthwhile about ourselves. Even with the static flash test above, one sees how far implicit bigotry can go.
Say you're a white European American who truly believes that a person should not be judged by the color of his or her skin.
Despite that egalitarian attitude, according to new Northwestern University research, subconscious -- or implicit -- bias can emerge subtly but quickly from its hiding places in the psyche and cause even well-meaning whites to look at identical facial expressions of African Americans and European Americans and see greater hostility in the African American faces.
Or take whites' perceptions of racially ambiguous faces that combine both African American and European American features. If the expression on the racially ambiguous face is hostile, European Americans are more likely to identify it as African American [Source].