Many younger teachers now believe that children as young as four have been imprinted with racial bias by society and their parents. In this, CRT is a misnomer, a red herring. When we hear stories of schools segregating kids into African American and White classes or about White Privilege being taught in schools, what we are really talking about is anti-racist teaching, the belief that young children have to be programmed out of racial bias and an ideology which has increasingly come to see that racism, racial bias and implicit bias as the main causes of disparities by ethnicity in the West, when the empirical evidence points to historical legacy, socio-economics and, most important of all, family structure, as the primary causes of racial inequality in the West. A the root of the belief that young children are hopelessly infected by racial bias is the Doll Test, a psychology experiment which, although of major significance to the Civil Rights Era, may be deeply flawed in its conclusions.
For those unfamiliar with the Doll Test it is psychological test which gives young children a choice between a Black doll and a White doll and asks them a serious of questions about the dolls. At the time when the Doll Test was invented it was used to demonstrate that both White and Black children preferred the White Doll, which the researchers, the Clarks, argued was a result of feelings of inferiority inculcated by segregation in schools. Although historians differ on the importance of the Doll Test findings as evidence in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education which saw the Supreme Court strike down segregation in schools, the Doll Test itself gained a larger cultural prominence as a result, especially in the field of psychology.