I'm still struggling with the issue of where prejudice comes from. Last night we seemed to be of two minds. 1) If one is raised to be racist (by parents and other social influences), then that seems to explain racial attitudes--and since we don't choose our parents, we tend to grow up with values that have been "implanted" (whatever that means) in us. So racists can't really help being racist . . . can they? (That would seem to be the logical extension of that argument.) On the other hand, 2) at some point most of us develop a sense that treating others as inferior to ourselves is simply not right. Where does this sense of "not right" come from--is it King's "higher law" (the "law above law")? An internalized sense of the Golden Rule? Jack Rossi alluded to Huck Finn last night, and I also feel this is exactly Huck's dilemma. He's able to overcome the distorted voices of his moral education--how??
What's most disturbing to me about images of black children picking a white doll as the "good" doll is that this raises the question of where those internalized notions of "goodness" and "badness" have come from? How old were those children--4 or 5? Have they already absorbed, perhaps at an unconscious level, images from the media?