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HuffPost Live on Friday hosted a discussion about how some dogs seem to show bias against people with darker skin, an idea explored in popular culture for years, including in the 1982 movie "White Dog," and more recently, in an episode of "Curb You Enthusiasm" and a "Key and Peele" sketch.
Guest Darrell Mashia told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd that often his white friends' dogs would treat him differently than other lighter-skinned people.
"I have a lot of friends who have dogs and they're typically nice to most of the people that they encounter which I'd say are mostly white folk," Mashia told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd, "but I wouldn't say all of them but a good chunk, maybe a third, whenever I enter the room or try to get close to them they growl or snap or just kinda stare and look very uncomfortable."
In a recent Gawker interview, Renee Payne of Walk This Way Canine Behavior Therapy said:
The general consensus is that it's because the dog wasn't properly socialized as a puppy, and wasn't exposed to people of all races and ethnicity or that the dog was abused by someone who "looked" a certain way.
There are certain breeds of dogs that I've noticed don't see well at night, and react poorly to people with darker skin (day or night). I believe that with these dogs, there must be some vision problem, and if a person has slightly darker skin, it can seem as though they appear out of nowhere.
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