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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Your Choice of Dog Might Prove You’re a Racist

Social psychologists Natasha Quadlin and Bradley Montgomery argued in a recent study that racism explains why some shelter dogs are adopted and others aren’t.

THE QUOTE

The study — “When a Name Gives You Pause: Racialized Names and Time to Adoption in a County Dog Shelter” — was published last month in Social Psychology Quarterly, and Campus Reform and other conservative media outlets picked it up last week.

  • Quadlin, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Montgomery, a researcher at The Ohio State University, recorded the names of dogs adopted from a shelter in Columbus, Ohio, over a six-month period and crowdsourced the “the racial perceptions of each dog’s name.”
  • THE RESULTS: “We find that as dogs’ names are increasingly perceived as White, people adopt them faster. Conversely, as dogs’ names are increasingly perceived as nonhuman (e.g., Fluffy), people adopt them slower,” the researchers reported.
  • “Perceptions of Black names are likewise tied to slower times to adoption, with this effect being concentrated among pit bulls, a breed that is stereotyped as dangerous and racialized as Black.”

SAME ENERGY

A 2018 sociology study concluded that white residents of Durham, North Carolina “used dogs to maintain interracial boundaries and feelings of safety.”

  • Later that year, a group of anti-woke academics tricked a gender studies journal into publishing a fake study entitled “Human Reactions to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity at Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Ore.”
  • In 2019, students at Howard University, a historically black school, complained that locals were walking their dogs through the Washington, D.C. campus, triggering cries of “colonizers” and “white supremacy” from woke media.

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