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Fear of black men?

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My friend just recently rescued a pit bull from her work who is about 2-3 years old. He is very friendly and sweet towards everyone and extremely well trained, but seems very scared of grown black men.

Is there any way to desensitize dogs who are afraid like this? We are assuming that the dog was probably treated pretty poorly prior to his foster mom rescuing him from the pound.

My friend is really bummed out because the man that this dog is afraid of may become her new roommate soon, and she doesn't want to have to give dog back to the rescue organization or continue to traumatize it by having him over there every day.
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Well thank you again for everyone who answered my questions. I will not be checking this thread anymore, as it seems to have turned to a discussion of racism/non racism. If any of you have any more suggestions and you're now tuning in, please PM me! Thanks.
My dog does not like people with hats. Does that mean she's sensing that I'm afraid of people with hats? No, unless I'm afraid of my own boyfriend when he's wearing a hat. My dog does not like strange, tall man. Does that mean I'm scared when I see a man harmlessly walking in my neighborhood? No.

It seems that some people like to underestimate the power of solid socialization and overestimate the phenomenon of dogs "sensing" things.
The only two people my dog has ever growled at happen to be black men, but that doesn't mean she is afraid of all black men. The maintenance guys at our apartment complex are black, as is one of the guys in the building over from ours. Gir loves them. It could have less to do with race and more to do with how the specific people in question react to the dog.
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