Racial Suspicion Is Wasteful

At BloggingHeads.tv, How to Be Black author Baratunde Thurston says that for African Americans, awareness of prejudice is like "an extra process running in the CPU of your mind."

Baratunde Thurston

At BloggingHeads.tv, Robert Wright and Baratunde Thurston discuss a question that Wright says he's always wanted to ask a black person: "Is it easy to get over the fact that many people you encounter, their initial appraisal of you has to do with your blackness?"

Thurston replied that, for large numbers of people, that reality is like an "extra process running in the CPU of your mind" -- a burden that wastes mental resources that could be put to better use, absent the awareness of prejudice.

Watch the entire exchange at BloggingHeads.tv.

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