White Adults Associate Black Kids as Young as Five with Criminality
By LINCOLN A. BLADES
Study Reveals White Adults Associate Black Kids as Young as Five with Criminality
According to a recent study, white people are more likely to identify a black child’s toy as a gun and are more likely to identify a white child’s gun as a toy.
The study was conducted by lead author Andrew Todd, an assistant professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa, and was published in Psychological Science, a monthly journal that features “research reports spanning the entire spectrum of the science of psychology.”
The study featured 64 white college students who were quickly flashed an image of either a black or white child, which they were subsequently told to ignore and relegate as a signal for the second image that would be flashed in front of them, which was either a toy or a gun.
After the second image popped up, they were told to identify whether it was a weapon or just a harmless plaything. The study featured pictures of six five-year-old black kids and six five-year-old white kids, and the results showed that the participants were far likelier to classify a toy as a gun after seeing the black kids face.