This explains a lot, doesn’t it?
According to researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, children with low intelligence are more likely to be prejudiced and racist as adults. This leads to a vicious cycle, since low-intelligence adults are more likely to gravitate towards socially conservative ideologies that stress hierarchy and resistance to change, thereby contributing to existing prejudice.
In other words, racists and right wingers tend to have low IQs. They’re dumb.
“In the first study, verbal and nonverbal intelligence was measured using tests that asked people to find similarities and differences between words, shapes and symbols. The second study measured cognitive abilities in four ways, including number recall, shape-drawing tasks, defining words and identifying patterns and similarities among words. Average IQ is set at 100.
Social conservatives were defined as people who agreed with a laundry list of statements such as “Family life suffers if mum is working full-time,” and “Schools should teach children to obey authority.” Attitudes toward other races were captured by measuring agreement with statements such as “I wouldn’t mind working with people from other races.” (These questions measured overt prejudiced attitudes, but most people, no matter how egalitarian, do hold unconscious racial biases; Hodson’s work can’t speak to this “underground” racism.)
As suspected, low intelligence in childhood corresponded with racism in adulthood. But the factor that explained the relationship between these two variables was political: When researchers included social conservatism in the analysis, those ideologies accounted for much of the link between brains and bias.
People with lower cognitive abilities also had less contact with people of other races.”
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