Feb 2, 2012

There is a study conducted by Brock University in Ontario, Canada that is causing a stir on the internet. The study basically says that children who have low intelligence tend to be the ones that are racist and conservative when they are adults.

Here's a snippet of the article:

Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes.

The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.

I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score determined by standardized tests, but whether the tests truly reveal intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among psychologists.

Dr. Gordon Hodson, a professor of psychology at the university and the study's lead author, said the finding represented evidence of a vicious cycle: People of low intelligence gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which stress resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice, he told LiveScience.

Why might less intelligent people be drawn to conservative ideologies? Because such ideologies feature "structure and order" that make it easier to comprehend a complicated world, Dodson said. "Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice," he added.

Now trust me, I realize this sounds really good to people like me on the other side of the argument, but I have to tell you I have a hard time believing this study. I guess it stems from my own personal point of view. I can tell you that I know some pretty highly intelligent people who are some of the most racist people you'll ever meet. They're just better at hiding it their racists beliefs.

We tend to make the mistake in thinking that only 'Rednecks' and people who live in the South are racist, but I can tell you for a fact that's not true. I'll take a Redneck down south any day over some of the people I encounter up North. At least with the people down South you know what you're getting, it's the one's up North and out West that are a little more cunning. They smile in your face while their stabbing you in the back.

We can try and explain racists behavior by just saying the people are less intelligent, but I'm telling you it's a whole lot more complicated than that.

1 comment:

  1. I agree the difference is only that so called intelligent racist have an agenda! The study should have been done on WISDOM!