Person A’s action is racist because it is informed by race while neglecting all other qualities that Person A possessed. This means that Person A has racist blanket condemnatory attitude towards Person B’s race or ethnicity.
If Person A wants to date Person B who happens to be outside of Person A’s race but refuses to do so because of the social backlash, then Person A is not engaging in racist behavior. This is because, there is another factor that informs Person A’s behavior or decision other than race or racism, and this factor is fear. If this fear of social backlash is removed, Person A would date Person B and this attests the absence of racism on the part of Person A. It is also important to acknowledge the willingness on the side of Person A to date Person B as bespeaking of Person A’s liberation from racism.
It is possible to have racism in the absence of racists. However, racism that will be extant herein is not exhibited in interpersonal relations. Instead, this kind of situation can only envision institutional racism where laws, policies, decrees and institutions are patterned in a manner that undermines the interests and welfare of a particular race. In this case, the dominant ethnic groups or race may have been liberated from racism and racial tendencies, but existing laws, policies, decrees and institutions may still facilitate and enshrine racial segregation and suppression. This situation may be commonly witnessed in former colonies that have made national healing and reconciliation but are yet to make constitutional reforms (Class notes, 175).
If a person (Person A) declines a date with someone outside his race (Person B) because Person B’s race, then Person A’s behavior is racist. Person A’s action is racist because there are several factors and qualities in Person B that should have informed Person A’s decision, but Person A chose to consider only Person B’s