October 11, 2019
Kids notice the obvious, then the obvious gets buried under all of the crap they “learn” at school and from the media.
Children associate being ‘brilliant’ with white men, but not black men, a shocking new study suggests.
Researchers surveyed 200 children and found that, regardless of their own race, they linked the stereotype of intelligence with white men much more than white women.
However, by contrast, the stereotype wasn’t applied to black men, as black women were seen by the children as smarter.
The New York University team says the findings feed into patterns of stereotypes that discourage children of color and women from pursuing careers like those in science and technology, where being seen as an intelligent person is valued.
‘Among adults, gender stereotypes apply differently to men and women depending on their race,’ said senior author Dr Andrei Cimpian, an associate professor in NYU’s department of psychology.
‘That’s why it is important to consider how gender and race intersect when examining children’s gender stereotypes about intellectual ability.’
For the study, published in the Journal of Social Issues, the team recruited 200 five and six-year-olds from public elementary schools in New York City.
Researchers showed the children photographs of eight pairs of adults – a woman and a man of the same race – in a setting such as a home or office.
The kids were then told one of the two adults was ‘really, really smart’ and asked to guess which adult was the smart one.
Overall, the results showed that children named the white men in the photographs as the ‘smart person’ compared to the white women.
The team compared the answers of white children to those of minority children – mostly black, Hispanic and Asian – and the responses were largely the same.
But when it came the pairs of black men and women, the ‘brilliant’ stereotype was more often linked to black women than black men.
‘Overall, these findings reinforce the conclusion that the gender-brilliance stereotype is acquired relatively early on in life,’ said co-first author Jilana Jaxon, an NYU doctoral student at the time of the research.
Yeah, kids should know that it’s true that white men built stuff.
But it’s also true that black males built stuff.
Both black males and white men are equally intelligent. The visual differences between what they’ve built are the consequences of different cultural aesthetics. Nothing whatsoever to do with the brain.
‘But they also suggest that this stereotype may “look” different depending on the ethnicity of the women and men that children are reasoning about.’
The team says that policies that help children understand what ‘intellectual ability’ is might ‘reverse this inequity’.
All of this “stereotype” and “bias” talk implies there’s something not real and wrong about stereotypes and biases, so the correct response to this is to ask where’s the proof of these stereotypes and biases being wrong, mistaken, and not a reflection of reality?
Where’s the proof that the white men from the photographs that the kids pointed out as the smartest are not the smartest of the subjects shown to those kids?
Have these researchers measured the IQ of all of the white men, white women, black males and black females from the photographs shown to the kids?
Or are they biased and just assumed that there’s no difference in intelligence?