Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Disorder Prevents Racism

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MSNBC came out with an article on Monday that revealed that children with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that makes them lack normal social anxiety, have no racial biases. A study done in Germany showed that children without Williams syndrome reliably assigned good traits, such as friendliness, to pictures of people the same race as themselves. However, children with Williams syndrome were equally likely to point to the white or black child as naughty or friendly. This syndrome affects the brain and makes the children “hypersocial”, so the concept of social anxiety is foreign to them. The study showed that racism requires social fear. According to the researcher, “If social fear was culturally reduced, racial stereotypes could also be reduced.”

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Written by cristyb7513

April 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think that the other extreme, the autism spectrum also erases most sterotypes, or at least erases the significance of sterotypes.

    matthewcel

    April 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

  2. Its amazing how the human mind works, if people could reduce their social fear and get it inside of their heads that other races aren’t all bad, then racism would be on the decline more rapidly.

    eclass08

    April 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm


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