A new study provides more proof that racism is a natural instinct that we are all born with.
Toddlers of only 15 months old were shown to have a preference for their own race and at the same time, to have an inherent sense of justice. Surely this must show that far from being hateful, racism is perfectly innocent and beneficial. Since it shows its presence at so young an age, it must also be essential for the human being to function. I wonder what race a mixed child feels content and secure to play with?
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Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals.
They also take account of how fairly others behave.
Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed.
Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally.
Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly.
But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports.
And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as in-group bias when people favour those with the same characteristics as oneself.
The University of Washington team first noticed the phenomenon when the infants began playing favourites with the researchers during a previous experiment.
Professor Jessica Sommerville said: ‘At the time, about half of the research assistants in my lab were Asian-American and the other half were Caucasian, and most of the babies in our experiments are Caucasian.