Are there racial inequities in this country, our societies?
The mushrooming of social groups standing against racial injustices, is there not a cause?
Does this not require solutions that will require practical changes?
We talk the talk, but do we really walk the walk?
How does anyone envision resolving the issues surrounding racism without practical changes in our society?
Society here is not an abstract place; it includes our schools and communities.
Resorting to confirmation biases in our approach in solving issues will only lead to more division.
Combating racist ideologies from a place of understanding and not blame while seeking to lift to the surface elements that reinforce racism is necessary to exert real change.
A common ideology that we all humanely share is to co-exist peaceably with one another, with fair treatment for all, including persons of color.
Working together from a place of integration is the only way to experience collective pursuit for a better tomorrow for our children and us.
Neuroethology studies have provided insights into the underlying mechanism of how facial skin-toned recognition (an element of racial identity) learned at early human development (as neonates) can be impacted by social re-enforcers positively or negatively, from childhood into adulthood, significantly heightened at puberty age (8-14 years).
Furthermore, neuronal studies show that the difficulty in facial recognition based on race corresponds to decreased activation in the brain's fusiform area while increasing the amygdala — the fear center. Thus, the negative societal stereotypes ascribed to black-skin-toned individuals further reinforce the brain's fear centers, increasing biases exhibited in social characteristics in colorism and racism.
Where does this leave us? Combatting racial inequalities through awareness alone is woefully inadequate. We, as a society, must work together to increase positive re-enforcers and decrease negative ones.
Schools' curricular updates, coupled with appropriate pedagogy, are practical efforts needed in alleviating norms perpetuating hate, including self-hate. Positive representation in social outlets, entertainment, media, and the like, will influence the future of our society's socio-racial outlook.
We urge our readers to watch Dr. Elizabeth Pryor talk on "Why It's So Hard To Talk About the N-Word," Ted.com, March 12, 2020. We can work in unity.
Dr. Damaris-Lois Yamoah Lang, founding president
Scott Hopewell, vice president
The Governing Board P-CoC Inc., Parenting Children of Color