Think for a moment about all of the great things we could do as a country if we weren’t spending so much money on idiotic studies. The University of Michigan has released a new one showing that white 5-year-olds think that children can change their race as they grow up. No, this wasn’t something they figured out by accident; this was exactly what the study set out to prove.
The study was a collaboration between U-M doctoral student Steven Roberts and colleague Susan Gelman, a U-M professor of psychology. They sat down with 78 children and 28 adults and showed all of the participants pictures of children showing different emotions. Some of them were black and some were white. The participants were then asked to link the child pictures to one of two adults: which person would they likely grow up to be?
The study found that white adults and minority children could make the same-race link, but white preschoolers chose the adult who matched the emotion as often as they did the one of the same race.
“These data suggest that beliefs about racial stability vary by age and race, and that at an early age, children do not have strong beliefs about race. They don’t even believe that race is stable,” Roberts said. “Because of this, white 5- to 6-year-olds may be less likely to use race as a way to discriminate against other children when selecting who to play with, for example.”
So that’s interesting and all but what does it have to do with anything? Is that even what it really tells us? Maybe it just shows that the children you happened to select are a little slow. 78 people? That’s an awful small sample size, lending itself to extreme results. Especially when the hypothesis is as wacky as this one.
But this has a political purpose. Look, our precious children know that it’s much more important what we are on the inside. They know the truth. That’s why we should accept people who identify as different genders and races. We should just let everyone be whoever they are on the inside, isn’t that better?
There’s always an agenda. And the sillier a study looks, the more likely it is that the researchers are trying to make a political point. In an era of “self-identity,” it’s not hard to figure out where a study like this is coming from. The Rachel Dolezals of the world need validation.