This father in an interracial family learned racial bias can affect anyone.

This father in an interracial family learned racial bias can affect anyone.



Newscaster Frank Somerville recently realized the racial bias that he still sometimes feels, even as a member of an interracial family. For more videos that care: http://u.pw/1rPmbv2 “I have…

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39 Replies to “This father in an interracial family learned racial bias can affect anyone.”

  1. Very brave of him. He is absolutely right the conversation has to be open with tolerance, compassion & with common willingness to identify the roots and find a way forward for the good of all of us. The reality is, I am black from Africa & yet, I hesitate if a big black guy come my way & I have tendency to judge my ow people more harshly sometimes. And yet I am an African who stand proud of my roots, my ancestry, my family history, my dialect, my color & love every single member of my family, so what's up with that, I ask myself? Why do I have those kind of responses towards my own people. He maybe white, but I am sure there people like me too. We also need to untangle this unconscious web without being accused of being ashamed of who we are, because it's not that simple.

  2. I say I may not be all the way woke but one eye is open and the other eye is cracked a little. I'm waking up. We all need to acknowledge and make positive steps toward reconciliation!

  3. Great conversation to be having. Bias affects us all. I'm a parent to 4 kids of color through adoption. The youngest is 17. I started those conversations about race much earlier than 11 with my kids. They have definitely been victims of racism at this point in their lives. I just pray I've given the tools to deal with it well.

  4. Respect, most of us have this bias unfortunately. That's just not right to judge someone because of their race. I am a mom of half Indian son I am more aware of this and try to change myself first before I can say anything to others.

  5. I love this mans story and honesty. I'm black and personally have bias that majority of white people are racist, even a little. Most black people assume that as well. I don't treat them any different though and that's why there's a problem. Everyone has bias and preassumptions, but when u start to treat people DIFFERENT because of that, is where the issue starts.

  6. teach the Child that she is a Individual she dose not represent a race Love come in all color all that matter is that she has love, even for who may not love her LOVE IS ALL LET US ALL keep it strong

  7. Wow cant find much good fathers like this nowadays… im sure she appreciates him very much but respect him a bit on camera please…like he's trying to talk to her lol(My opinion)

  8. Friend or foe? He is not like me. Can I trust him? If he is not like me then who or what does he believe?
    We are tribal by nature. These "biases" are there to protect us and our tribe.

  9. I think you're being too hard on yourself. If it were some shady looking white dude I think you would've done the same thing. If the black man was wearing a suit I bet you wouldn't have given it a second thought. You probably have such a hyper sensitivity about profiling, racism, discrimination, etc. because you are terrified your daughter will experience these, unfortunately, she most likely will at some point in her life and that sucks and is so very unjust. Speaking to her about this is so good. It has to be difficult since her sister will never feel racism. sexism, probably, but that is very different than racism.

  10. I was told in a psychology lecture about a study that measure involuntary reactions showed on average, people (including black people) were more wary of black young men than white young men, especially in a group. The inference is we unconsciously adopt stereotypes even about those we consider one of us. It seems everyone categorises strangers as belonging to one group or another, groups with certain supposed traits, at least until we get to know the stranger as an individual. Is it possible to function without stereotypes? Or should it be accepted that people have stereotypes, and try to change the stereotype?

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