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Is Your Baby Racist?

NEWSWEEK SEPT 14 ISSUEJust as some believe we are on the cusp of turning the corner to a post-racial society a new study comes out to negate those lofty dreams.

A study conducted at the University of Texas at Austin and written about in this week’s Newsweek in Nurture Shock: Is Your Baby Racist? says children as young as six months judge others based on skin color and that older children often label white people as nice and blacks as being not nice.

Even though the study took place in liberal Austin, Texas researchers found that children often heard from their parents that people are all the same and that God created all of us equal, but these words don’t always match up to the everyday attitudes of their parents and are reflected in children’s emerging racial attitudes.

Although fascinating research, it is just another reminder that we all have a long way to go for racial equality in this country. Read the full article at

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