Implicit Association Tests (“IAT”) are experimental and intended to measure the automatic association between mental concepts. In it’s experiment Harvard has designed several IAT’s which measure one’s automatic response to things such as Homosexuality, Race, Gender, Weapons, Weight, Disability and other such categories.
Yesterday, I received a text message from a very dear friend. For purposes of this story, we will call her Irene and her employer XYZ Corporation to protect the identities of both. The message was to advise me that she had just been “written up” at work for using racial slurs. I was shocked. Irene is not someone I would ever consider to be a racist. In fact, she is a triple minority (a woman, part Asian, part Hispanic).
As many of my readers know, I am an atheist. This does not mean I lack faith, morality or inspiration; it merely means I find such outside of “God” or “Jesus” or “Allah.” I find my faith, morality and inspiration from other people and from within myself. Lately, however, I’ve come to some moments of questioning. This is not to say I am questioning whether or not I believe in God; that is something that I feel is unquestionable. I do not. I’ve recently allowed myself to open discussions with people of the Christian faith and in so doing have realized something that may be a source of religious unkindness toward me; I have closed my heart and mind from religion.