A newsweek article has provoked the question “is your baby racist?” Shocking it may seem, babies as young as six months judge others based on the color of the skin.
At the Children’s Research Lab at the University of Texas, a database is kept on thousands of families in the Austin area who have volunteered to be available for scholarly research. In 2006 Birgitte Vittrup recruited from the database about a hundred families, all of whom were Caucasian with a child 5 to 7 years old.
The goal of Vittrup’s study was to learn if typical children’s videos with multicultural storylines have any beneficial effect on children’s racial attitudes.
The report suggests that while many white parents want their children to grow up “colorblind”, i.e. with no preconceived views of a particular race, the vast majority of the kids in the test could see color as clear as crystal.
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