, some of this does not seem to be new. It seems to be a repackaging of the fall out of institutionalized racism. Right? Where society is already set up to treat subordinated minorities differently. Such that "regular" people...can participate in race-based discrimination...without intent...they might just be participating in everyday, "normal" activity.
I'll give the classic example from psychology...which is more than 30 years old by now and we generally "know better." But it is a good way to show what I mean.
In mainstream America, we still have a "value" about making eye contact as evidence of being truthful and trustworthy. In the past, this went so far as to be played out...such that if a person does not meet eye contact...it is interpreted as not being "able" to make eye contact...because there is deception, untruthfulleness involved. They way that played out...with people of color...in various settings...is that "suspects" were demonstrated to be lying...and "guilty"...by the observation of eye contact or lack, thereof. And they were sanctioned or punished as a result.
There was no understanding or consideration of the fact that in some cultures, making eye contact is a sign of disrespect. Such that the actual avoidance of eye contact can be a cultural artifact...different than the mainstream. Without intending to do harm, a member of the dominant culture...imposes sanction on a member of a subordinated culture...not because of intent...or wrongdoing. But because the cultural lens in play...is "only" the white, mainstream culture. This is racism. Intended or not. And the perpetrators...are racists. Intended or not.
Because it is a supremacy stance. That "everybody knows"...that if you don't make eye contact...you are lying. Being deceptive. When this is not really "true".
That everybody knows...if you are Black and in a hoodie, you are a threat, and suspicious.
Regardless of intent. These things are racist. Regardless of consciousness. Once these things are institutionalized, intent and consciousnees are important...but secondary to the process of racism. Because regular, everyday people...can be racists...regardless of knowing that they are racist or intending to be racist.