QUOTE (Innocent-malice @ Apr 16 2009, 11:32 PM)
yet, down to biological standings, don't we find "mates" on who has a different scent than us? and personality wise don't we seek someone who complements us by having different traits?
Not. At. All.
The whole idea of "opposites attract" is a fallacy.
So, back to topic.
A person`s attitude towards a stimuli is made up of three components: affect, cognition, and behavior. Affect is our basic emotional reaction to the stimuli. Cognition is how we mentally process the stimuli. Behavior is how we physically react to the stimuli.
In this case, the stimuli is a person of a different race.
Affect: When something or someone threatens external homeostasis, the natural reaction is to feel cognitive dissonance. Of course, it is possible that one`s beliefs can overcome the initial affect before cognitive processing. However, the initial affect still existed at some point.
Cognition: This is where one uses their logic to process a stimuli. This includes syaing to yourself "I know race has nothing to do with one`s character, so there is no reason to judge them based upon it."
Behavior: The physical reaction to the stimuli.
I believe that you are so comfortable with those of other races that you overcome the initial affect even before cognitively processing it. However, I refuse to believe that you`ve never felt it, even subconciously. This doesn`t make you, or anyone, a bad person. My argument is that primary affect at some point exists in everyone, if even for a split second. It may not even be concious, but it happens.