People love to proudly announce they are not racist, and in their heads, they are in no way racist, yet those same people will tell you a story about an incident they had with a person and if they are not the same race as themselves, they will more than likely mention the other person’s race.
I read a blog post recently where a woman was describing an incident where she was alone on a train platform and two “latino” rail workers appeared out of no where and where standing a little way from her. She later realized that they were guarding her until the train pulled in and not a danger.
I wondered what was the relevance of the racial reference. Was it necessary to her story? Was it a subconscious indication that at first she felt threatened because they were hispanic? Would she have mentioned their race had they been two tall blond blue eyed Swedes, other than possibly to say how gorgeous they were and because they were white, subconsciously they were not a threat?
The fact of mentioning race to describe someone means that you are still seeing through race colored glasses. Why do you need to describe a person by their skin color? A person’s race has no relevance on their behavior.