DETROIT (Accredited Times) – Racism pervades all aspects of modern culture. Old people are racist. Young people are racist. Corporations are racist. Government is racist. And, shockingly to some, even dogs are racist.
Several years ago, I used to deliver pizzas. If you read fake news, you’d probably think a pizza deliveryman’s greatest fear is a robber or mugger (see, for example, here, here, or here). But anyone who would say this has never stared face-to-face with the real terror of pizza deliverymen throughout the white-controlled world:
One day, as I was delivering a large Hawaiian-style pizza with extra cheese and a side order of breadsticks, I happened to arrive at a suburban abode contemporaneously with a white mailman. The homeowner, a white male in his late twenties, had a vicious dog that looked something like this:
I, of course, reacted as any rational pizza deliveryman would. I screamed in terror: “DAMN! GET THAT DOG AWAY!” But the dog remained undeterred. The damn thing ran up and barked at me like I was some kind of felon breaking out of prison. And guess what? The dog did not give a DAMN about the white mailman.
Although I survived the ordeal, I’m not the first to have witnessed dog racism. In 2016, the prestigious journal Animal Behavior published a study on the phenomenon. The authors, Charlotte Duranton, Thierry Bedossa, and Florence Gaunet, found that dogs engage in “social referencing”, i.e., synchronizing their behavior with that of their owner. In other words, when a white owner engages in racism towards an African-American pizza deliveryman, the white owner’s dog also engages in racism towards the same African-American pizza deliveryman. The dog mauls innocent African-Americans because the white owner consciously or subconsciously wants to maul innocent African-Americans. I know you’re surprised: white men are to blame again. But, more fundamentally, the study establishes that dogs are indeed racist and have no qualms about mimicking the racist behaviors of their racist white owners. The study also highlights that, yes, microaggressions are real and have real-life consequences.
The study clarifies the need for diversity training not only for whites, but also for dogs owned by whites. The study also raises the need for selective breeding to generate more tolerant breeds, like Cocker Spaniels. Sadly, with Donald Trump in the White House, many are skeptical that the government will take the appropriate measures necessary to protect the African-American community on this highly important issue.
It’s time for racism to end. That means ending dog racism as well.