If you missed last night's first installment of our landmark CNN pilot study on kids and race, take a look here.
The one thing that must be reinforced by parents of all colors is positive expressions of all races on a daily basis. With so much negative media influence on darker skin, it is easy to see why our children can slip into the abyss of racial divide
“Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
Thank you for addressing the challenging questions of bias in America.
The problem with the study is the dolls aren't mixed. It actually looks like a gradient like a progression chart. Kids might be seeing the white doll as "1" or "5" and black doll as either a "1" or a "5".
I'd be interested in seeing a result of how many times the middle doll was picked.
Hi, my name is Jonathan Henderson, I am a 20 year old African American male. I think that the problem with our children and Americans in general is the fact that for some reason we are striving to obtain this "color blind" mentality. The problem with that is that the phrase implies that seeing in color is a bad thing. Personally, I don't want to be seen as just a guy. I want to be seen as the Beautiful African American man that I am and be valued for it. You know; people say all the time that we need to look at what we have in common rather than whats different but that still implies that our differenes are negative. I think that instead of teaching our kids to look at what they have in common, we should teach our kids to understand, value and celebrate the differences that others have. Only then will our children grow up without being baised.
Where do you go from here? How about beneath the thin veil of superficial "research."
1. Why assume these choices are not based at least in part on the children's own experience?
Have the courage to go into the classrooms of these kids and see how it breaks down color-wise. Are the "mean" kids really darker? Are the better grades made by lighter skinned students? What is the truth?
2. Why pretend people of all colors aren't racially biased and are racially profiling all the time?
Black people are as biased against the many hues of black as they are against white. Latino, Asians, and Middle Easterners look, evaluate, and judge the branches of their own races as well white and black. I do it and you do it. Even the person you selected to conduct this study was based on racially biased selection.
3. Based on the way you present this information and these videos, it seems that your intent is to blame white people for the way black people feel about themselves and to only focus on white bias. Why is it you ignore the obvious black bias and don't show the reactions of black parents to their child's bias?
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