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Frances Aboud

1948 -

Professor of psychology at McGill University who conducts research on the development of racial prejudice in children, author of "The developmental psychology of racial prejudice" and other works


Prejudice isn't entirely due to ignorance. A lot of teachers feel, 'Our goal is to make kids more knowledgeable, so we'll just give kids more knowledge.' But that ... can make kids more prejudiced.

Jun. 23, 2001 - quoted in "P is for Prejudice" by Allen Abel, published in Saturday Night Magazine
There is little support for the widespread assumption that children acquire their racial attitudes from parents and friends. ... Prejudice is biological. ... It's not hatred of the others, it's suspicion of differences. ... Eight is the age of reason. [Children] come out of their egocentric state and realize that there are other perspectives.

Jun. 23, 2001 - quoted in "P is for Prejudice" by Allen Abel, published in Saturday Night Magazine