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The idea of ‘racist babies’ is a lucrative fantasy used to guilt-trip white parents & will cause long-term damage to children

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16.07.2021

It is difficult to avoid the impression that increasingly the media discussion on race has acquired an obsessive, fantasy-like character.

In recent weeks, numerous media outlets have held forth on the need to be alert to the racist attitudes of babies. The New York Times highlighted this issue, when it featured a long essay by the journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer on the topic of how to make sure that your baby is not a racist.

This is certainly not the first time that I have come across attempts to create a moral panic about the threat posed by ‘racist babies.’ I still remember feeling a sense of shock when I read an article titled ‘Nursery alert for racist toddlers’ on the BBC News website back in July 2008. At that time, a UK government-sponsored agency published a report that insisted that nursery workers had to be “alert for racist remarks among toddlers.”

This 336-page report ‘Young Children and Racial Justice’ stated that “staff should investigate the reasons behind apparent racial prejudice.” On inspection, it became evident that authors of the report had a rather surreal definition of the kind of racial prejudice possessed by toddlers. It warned that a child may react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying, “Yuck”, and added that this may indicate a lack of familiarity with a particular food, or “more........

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