That is not to say that we cannot change a bias, only that we will always have them. Most of us were taught a race bias in our childhood by our first teachers – our parents. Mine were rampant racists. “You can go to school with them (meaning blacks) but don’t you ever bring one in this house!” said my lily-white, Southern mother.
Some were made into racists by an experience or maybe multiple experiences. I was ‘cured’ of most of my prejudices against other races by my three year stint in the U.S. Army, where I bunked side by side with blacks, Hispanics, and others. We ate together, worked together, and hung out together.
There is no one reason why someone would despise or look down on another. Consciously or unconsciously it has become a part of the American psyche. Blacks often feel the same way about whites. The problem is (or at least ONE of the problems is) that the media is supposed to be unbiased, impartial, and refrain from becoming part of the story or to slant their stories to support a particular bias.
In the Nieman Reports, “Why Newsroom Diversity Works” article, it states: “The 2014 Newsroom Census conducted by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) found that only 15 percent of daily newspapers surveyed in 2013 had a person of color in one of their top three newsroom leadership positions.” That is an abysmally low percentage when one considers how many newsrooms there are across America.
It is hard to have unbiased reporting when the majority of the reporters are of one race. The same article quoted Anna Holmes, founder of feminist blog Jezebel and an editor at Fusion, as saying, “I think that the problem is that racial issues still make more people uncomfortable than women’s issues.” How can we fix something if we can’t even discuss it without feeling uncomfortable or threatened?