Posted: September 26th, 2023
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After taking the implicit bias tests, I am actually schocked! I took the weapons and sexuality tests. On the weapons test, I scored a strong automatic association for harmless objects with white Americans and weapons with black Americans. I chose this test because I am from Virginia, Central Va to be exact. We are gun carrying people here! We stand strong on our gun rights and we will go down fighting to keep those rights. I was intrigued to take this test because I feel as if I am a very fair person who dispite my “southern raising”, have put forth an effort as I grew up to NOT have the mindset that my parents and grandparents have. I did not raise my children to discriminate. I raised them to judge by character.
The second test I took was the sexuality test. I took this test because I was so suprised by the weapons test I wanted to see what those results were. I am Bisexual, I was married twice to men, I have had several girlfriends, my sister is married to a woman, and four of my nieces and nephews are Pansexual. (they love everyone) Just as I encourage everyone to have a concealed carry license because mental health is a huge problem and we need to protect our families and kids, I stand firm on everyone loving who they love. It is none of my business who anyone lays down with at night. Period. My results for this test were also very shocking! They suggested a strong automatic preference for straight people over gay people. I was appalled! However, I know how deeply ingrained prejudice was pushed on me as a child. My grandparents and parents are ALL racist and discriminatory.
These tests opened my eyes to the psychological part of my brain that I THOUGHT I had reprogrammed with many years of counseling and therapy. In my defence, I do think the tests were purpously confusing. I am ADHD, and switching fingers and such was a challenge in itself. I will take away the realization that how we raise our children is 100% going to stay with them and I think such ideas and language shared and spoken around children SHOULD NOT be allowed.
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