When do the roots of prejudice and racism begin?

A study from Germany, published in Psychological Science and reported in Pacific Standard, looked at the development of group affiliation and other group rejection in young children.  While 6 year olds were beginning to show indications of favouritism for their own groups, by 8 years old the seeds of bias against other groups was becoming very clear.  The authors suggest early education in respect for differences is essential to avoid racist prejudice.

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