A racist considers one race superior to others. In my personal experience that consideration is never true. It is faulty logic like: all crows are black; crows are birds; thus, all black birds are crows.
We will rationalize such an opinion by suggesting that our genetic basis influences our behavior. Some day we may determine precisely what characteristics are influenced by genetics, but currently genetics has not identified a morality gene. Or we may be taught by families and friends to be racist. Still, racism is, in my opinion, based on faulty logic. Check out this page: https://www.learning-mind.com/logical-fallacies/ . We don’t want to admit that we are afraid of some people for no good reason.
We tried to correct the racist treatment of Negros with laws against discrimination based on race. Then we tried to compensate those who had experienced discrimination with laws providing them with elevated privileges based on race. Thus perpetuating racial discrimination and vulcanizing resentment in those who lost opportunities due to reverse discrimination. There are some things that government just cannot correct but they’ll try anyway and probably make it worse.
There is no law that can alter how we feel or think. Someone who has been injured by someone will be afraid of anyone who closely resembles the person who injured them. We see this in folks who have experienced abuse or harm based on discrimination against their race or by some members of a certain race. Also, some of us tend to be leery of the unfamiliar.
I have never eaten octopus and cannot convince myself to try it. I’ve tried boiled okra and did not like it, and there may be some recipe for boiled okra that I will like but I probably won’t try it. If there was a law that said that I must eat octopus and okra I would be a criminal, with a resentment against okra and octopuses. So it seems that a law can alter how I feel and think, but probably not as it was intended.
[note] USAGE The standard English plural of octopus is octopuses. However, the word octopus comes from Greek, and the Greek plural form is octopodes. Modern usage of octopodes is so infrequent that many people mistakenly create the erroneous plural form octopi, formed according to rules for Latin plurals.Aug 7, 2010 [/note]