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January 02, 2005

New Research: Non-whites can be criminals too

Who is the Troublemaker?

Children as young as four hold racist views, identifying black people as potential troublemakers and criminals, according to shocking new research.

The only thing "new" about that research, it seems to me, is that it was conducted in Great Britian, not the United States where similar experiments have been carried out for decades. And the only thing shocking about the story is that the scientist, apparently British, actually suggests that Great Britian is behind the United States on an important social issue:

Lord Winston said the study raises new concerns that British society is "breeding a kind of racism" at an early stage in life.

"We have failed as a society to promote respect of individuals from ethnic minorities," said Lord Winston, professor of fertility studies at Imperial College London. "We should be encouraging five-year-olds to have an ethnic identity. There is a lack of respect for blacks in the Army, in the police, and we still don't have many black Members of Parliament.

"In the US, they have statues of Martin Luther King, but in Britain we do not have the same black icons. I don't want to claim that Britain is a racist society - we have a wonderful history of tolerance - but I am concerned about it."

Obviously neither "B" nor "I", below, represents my opinions on the subject (each holds views both in favor of and contrary to mine), but I thought this dialogue had just enough truth in it to be funny:

Children as young as four hold racist views, identifying black people as potential troublemakers and criminals, according to shocking new research.

Hmmm.....

Children as young as four hold waterist views, identifying water as potentially wet and slippery, according to shocking new research.

B: Don't say that! You're a waterist!
I: But water is wet and slippery.
B: Not always. Sometimes its dry and hard. Ice!
I: But ice is slippery too.
B: Only when it's wet! Don't hold the entire block of ice responsible for what that thin film of water around it does!
I: I don't. But, even according to your argument, water is potentially wet and slippery.
B: But that's not the water's fault. Whether it's hard and dry or wet and slippery has to do with environmental forces completely external to the water. It's not the water's fault!
I: So you're saying, then, that water is non-self-determinate...essentially just stupid.
B: Right!
I: And you call ME the waterist!

Posted by Jeff at January 2, 2005 11:33 AM

Comments

The problem with encouraging children to develop a racial identity is that at the same timethe develop a sense of the difference between me (us) and you (them).

Posted by: kenny at February 20, 2005 03:46 AM


mulicultralism was forced apon the british people and not all of us except it.why when a black peson kill a white person this is not reported as racist and is soon forgoten.but when its ablack its never forgoten.isnot this reverse racism.

Posted by: paul harris at September 22, 2005 03:40 PM


mulicultralism was forced apon the british people and not all of us except it.why when a black peson kill a white person this is not reported as racist and is soon forgoten.but when its ablack its never forgoten.isnot this reverse racism.

Posted by: paul harris at September 22, 2005 03:40 PM


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