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Does Attraction Make a Racist?

answered 07:01 PM EST, Wed June 26, 2013
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If I find people of other ethnic groups very physically unattractive does this mean I am a racist if I don’t let this distaste affect my behaviors?

David Johnson Says...

Finding people of other ethnic groups physically unattractive does not make you a racist. Racism is defined as:

  1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
  2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
  3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

If you don’t allow this distaste affect your behaviors as it relates to discrimination, hatred or intolerance then there is no racism. The racial differences developed due to geographic separation. Natural selection facilitates multiple generations to select the attractive look through genetics of the next generation of partners in a particular geographic location. So you are not alone in your preference.

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