SCIENCE: Babies Are Racist

According to researchers at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), while people aren’t born racist, adorable little six-month-old infants often are. But no worries, scientists think they might have the answer to preventing the nearly universal problem of baby racism.

Two studies conducted by OISE in collaboration with researchers from the U.S., U.K., France and China purport to demonstrate that racial bias begins earlier than previous studies suggested. Signs of racial bias, the researchers concluded, begin to appear as early as six-months-old, with infants associating positive thoughts and demonstrating more trust in “own-race faces,” while showing bias against different-race faces. 

  • Ed

    For a. Aby to be racist it would have to be aware of its own race… and at what age does that happen?

    • H

      Remember, black babies can’t be racist, only white.

      • tom_billesley

        White babies favour white faces looming over then, so they’re racist
        Black babies favour black faces looming over then, so they’re not.
        Imprinted soon after birth, assuming the mother is the same colour as the baby.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Assuming that this study is true, then “racism” is natural, healthy, and an aid to survival.
    Perhaps racism (in-group preference) is good then?
    Has anyone bothered to ask that question?

    • Alain

      It has to do with feeling safe versus feeling threatened.

  • Brett_McS

    Preferring the like to the different is an obvious survival tactic.The left want to disable all forms of survival tactics, built-in and cultural, so that in the face of their march to power we are all as helpless as … babies.

    • tom_billesley

      “Birds of a feather flock together”.

  • BillyHW

    So can racists now claim they were born that way, like gays?

  • Dingo

    So is my dog

  • terrence22

    Several years ago, I read about a very large study involving several hundred babies who could crawl and who were drawn from several races – Chinese, Japanese, East Indian Caucasian, and others. When the babies were moved into a large carpeted room and put down on the floor, they would ALL crawl to be in a group of similar raced-based kids – ALL OF THEM. THEY WERE ALL VILE RACISTS – BEFORE THEY COULD TALK.

  • Alain

    You don’t need research to know this, especially for anyone who has had children. Babies naturally fear or at least are not drawn to those who look different, which of course includes racial differences. It is just normal survival instinct in spite of being called racism. I saw this with my children and see it again with my grandchildren. It is normal and not restricted to children of any particular race.

  • WalterBannon

    But no worries, scientists think they might have the answer to preventing the nearly universal problem of baby racism…. they plan to exterminate all white babies.

  • felis gracilis

    It’s OISE, so what other conclusion are they going to have? They have their own sick programming there.

  • clearsky

    No wonder babies are racist. They drink white milk, have white diapers, sleep in white bed sheets. Nothing government regulations cannot fix. Add to it mandatory day care equity reeducation programs to make babies aware of their privilege and the problem will be solved.

  • dukestreet

    The most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of. According to the child psychology I studied and from my own experience working with kids, they don’t really have the capacity to be anything but survival programed for a long time into childhood and lack the ability to understand this kind of thing until they are teens.

    My mother had a best friend as a child who was black, but didn’t realize it until she was a teen, when she returned to visit after moving away when she was 8 or so. It was a big surprise for her.

    I knew a 18 month old who was accused of abusing another 18 month old. When social workers showed up and asked the kid to draw a picture of the friend who had been abused all the social worker could get was cookie pictures. The kid was not even aware of self yet.
    This is when kids start making strange as they see themselves as an extension of mom until then. They scream when mom leaves because they think she no longer exists until around this age. Mom suddenly pops back to existence when she shows up again. How can they be aware of race when they aren’t yet aware of self?

    If you see babies who spend time with people of various races on a regular basis, such as daycare or other care giving situations, babies prefer whoever treats them the best. Some even prefer care givers of a different race to their own parents. It’s basic survival.

  • Clausewitz

    And this is one of the reason’s why in my ten years as a department head I never had the occasion to hire an OISE grad.