If a computer says “blacks are an inferior race” and the author/programmer is unknown, is that a racist statement? Why?

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  • 2 months ago
    Best Answer

    Yes it is a "racist" statement.  That is NOT because it is intended to harm or insult, or because it argues for a certain social hierarchy.  A statement or sentiment can be "racist" without doing any of those things.

    It IS "racist" because it does two things, either of which would be sufficient to qualify as "racist": 1) It presumes that the idea of "race" provides a USEFUL way of dividing humans into subgroups that is based on their exterior appearance.  2) It subordinates one such group to any other such group.

    The idea of "race" originated simply as a MORAL distinction between ANY "us" and  "them".  It appears in the earliest samples of writing from several widely-scattered parts of the world - where it is always used to describe a "them" WHOSE EXTERIOR APPEARANCE was the SAME as the "us" who did the writing.  So originally it didn't refer to skin colour, hair texture, facial features, etc.  "Race" is actually an artificial distinction between "those of US who it is taboo to kill or rob" and "those of THEM who it is allowed to kill or rob"...a MORAL distinction, not a physical one.

    Many of us believe that "race" is NOT JUST a moral distinction or one purely about appearance, but rather that "race" is a biological/psychological distinction, or even a divine one.  THAT BELIEF, structurally-speaking, is "race-ism".  (This isn't an epithet - it is a philosophy.)  The computer printout reflects that belief.  It ALSO introduces the distinction of superior/inferior - a distinction that would be pointlessly subjective, in the absence of the biological/divine concept of race.  (It would be like saying "blond hair is better" - a subjective opinion or taste.)  THAT dependence upon the biological/divine concept of race makes that subordination inherently "racist", as well.

    Thank you for that very well-thought-out question.

  • 2 months ago

    Blacks have melanin in their skin that protects them from the sun, whites do not and the sun burns their skin like bacon, their skin bubbles up and peel like snakes. How are they inferior? Sounds to me like they are far superior!

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, it's a racist statement because implying that a race is inferior is racist 

  • 2 months ago

    I'd say it is a racist statement because:

    1) It assumes there are races of humans.

    2) It assumes some races are inferior to others.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago


    The statement isn’t racist, but it most likely to be said by nonblack peoples with racist attitudes against black people and

    would generally cause black people to indicate interiority complexes of being black. Black people are somewhat to much

    less capable of attaining adequacies in cognitive abilities and emotional intelligence traits than certain other racial groups

    of peoples. People in general are considerably more likely to equate negative comparisons and bad associations to what

    black people look like than nonblack peoples look like. The vagueness and negativity of the statement harshly disregard

    black people with decent character traits and good presences. Most people would assume motive of statement is racist.


  • Matt
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    The programing may contain personal bias(es) written in from the creator(s).

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    People are making AI systems and filling them with all human knowledge. But they are using books and scanning them in. This means the computer will have the same biases as the books' authors. Since most books were written by white middle class Europeans or Americans, and many of the books are old with outdated ideas - then the computer program will have the same ideas.

    Source(s): 100+ yr old typical book written by a White European and scanned into the Archive.
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