“Pardon my skepticism.”
Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson took on a researcher who conducted a recent study claiming that infants demonstrate racial bias.
“Kind of hard to believe that babies are bigots,” the Fox News host told University of Toronto professor Dr. Kang Lee on Friday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,”
In a study conducted by the University of Toronto, researchers concluded that babies can develop racist tendencies between 6 and 9 months old. The infants studied tended to look longer at images of their own race when paired with happy music while looking at images of other races when listening to sad music.
Lee explained that the tendencies do not appear in three-month-old babies but by six months old, they start to “show some biases.”
“So they go bad at six months; boy it just seems so early,” Carlson remarked.
Babies tend to learn from the people they are most exposed to, and the race of those individuals plays a part in the child’s future tendencies, the lead author of the studies noted.
Carlson thought it seemed “unlikely that you can measure the racial attitudes of a three-month-old.”
“There are biases but I don’t think this kind of bigotry or there’s this kind of racism at play at this young age,” Lee said.
Carlson suggested that the study would probably lead to “new government programs and government control of babies” which Lee said he hoped would not be the case.
“We are not biologically pre-disposed to be racially biased,” he said, adding that it is up to parents and educators to counter the biases by exposing children to different races and cultures to make them more “worldly.”
But Carlson was not convinced that the studies would not be a green light for government intrusion.
“Call me cynical but I have the feeling that this is going to justify a whole new range of intrusions into people’s family lives,” he said, “in the interest of promoting tolerance .”
He added that he “got a chill” at Lee’s comment that there are no government planned programs “at this point.”
The professor hoped people would find the value in the research and not have the conclusions lead to political reactions.
“I hope people do not take the message from us in this way,” Lee said, laughing. “I don’t think reasonable people reading these studies and reading these findings will say ‘Hey, the government will come in and take my babies away.'”
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