Babies are born colorblind. At birth, they cannot distinguish black from white, yellow from red. Color vision begins to develop in the ensuing weeks. By six months of age, they can see every pigment of the rainbow, easily differentiating different skin tones. A sense of wonder and joy develops as they begin to appreciate the diversity of God’s creation around them.
But interestingly—or perhaps, insidiously—babies take longer looks at unfamiliar faces from different racial backgrounds than at ones from those of their own.1
By the age of three, children begin to develop racial biases, not necessarily mirroring those of their parents.1-4
Is this surprising? Popular belief tells us that young children are racially colorblind, and that it’s too…