At this very moment – the one you are using to read these words – try your best to think of anything but a red fox.
Trying to suppress stereotypes in the mind, ironically makes them more accessible and actually makes you appear to be more of a racist. The more you try to overtly appear non-prejudicial, you actually come across as more prejudicial. In order not to think something, you have to think about what you’re not thinking about, and, therefore, at some level you’re thinking about what you’re not supposed to be thinking about, and, “Oh my god, I just thought about what I’m not supposed to be thinking about!” So, it makes it more accessible. It’s also drawing your attention inwardly, so you’re not actually paying attention to the person you’re interacting with. It’s making you anxious and nervous, which the person you’re interacting with can now interpret as, “Wow, this person is really uncomfortable in my presence.”
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