May 17th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Kids, race and bias. Are children today really colorblind? Join the live chat

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We have our landmark pilot study on race and how children see skin color. Are kids today really colorblind? Plus, major new developments on the Gulf oil spill. And the Palin factor, how much with Sarah Palin's endorsements affect key Senate primary races tomorrow?

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  1. Soledad Gomez

    You look very nice playing out there with the kids Anderson.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Kenya

    I believe this bias in children really boils down to the parents and what they are NOT teaching their children. It begins at home.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  3. Emily

    I wonder if those photos were going the other way, dark to light, would there be a difference some of their minds?
    (first to last) ...just a thought.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    There are too many variables to draw any real conclusions from a study like this and 133 children is statistically insignificant.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Black and White are together, what thwy learned mix race how they felt to show race.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    If you ask the child make a choice at that age though, would they refuse to make a choice? Are they trying to please the adult?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Also, I wonder what influence the color of the questioner had on the responses?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes!!!! I am glad Laura Sibly found guilty. She is crook person I have see her. I agree with you, Emily..... 🙂

    May 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  9. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I am interested in knowing how that MIT kid got caught, and where he messed it up!!!

    May be going to the college in the first place vs. using his intelligence for a greater cause – CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  10. Emily

    did any of the kid in this pilot study on race and how children see skin color make a remark about the fact that they were in a 'line'?
    I remember as a kid, we all had to 'line-up', and if you were "bad" you had to go to the end of the 'line'.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Roland, "The question that should be added to this "study" is how much of this is due to the stereotypes propagated by the media?"

    I totally agree with that and don't forget that the sinister character is usually wearing black clothing, case in point: Darth Vader. All through history in art and film that association has been and continues to be made.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  12. lisal -canada

    quite curious as to whether any of the children (either 5 or 10 yr age group) said "but what if i don't think any of the children are bad?" or "what if i think more than one of the children is bad?" (or dumb, or ugly, or whatever the questions were).

    May 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    @Roland,,,I was thinking about that also.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  14. Stephanie

    How much of Sarah Palin's fame is a media creation...and she won't even talk to you? Same as the tea party...

    May 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Renee

    That Bo is one of the cutest dogs I have ever seen!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Emily

    The picture of the guy there, he looks too young to have gone to MIT...at least in that photo.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Larry

    I agree with Mike (formerly from Syracuse). When the leak rate reaches
    a certain rate, it does not matter, at least in the near term, how much
    more than that certain rate the actual rate is. Continuing Mikes'
    analogy, consider someone who is bleeding. If someone is bleeding
    from an artery, there's no need to measure his rate of blood loss.
    You only need to stop the blood loss as fast as possible.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Stephanie

    Sometimes it seems that all there is in America are elections and electioneering and not enough governing. No wonder everything is such a mess!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I get the feeling that some parents take race as a joke, but I assure them that their children are taking race to heart, Especially, when their children are looking for a different to go alone with the color, it is no joke!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with you, Good point there. 🙂

    May 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Emily

    Great that Laura S. was found Guilty!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  22. Barb, Alabama

    Anderson, Thank you for keeping them honest. I just hope that something is done before we lose our beautiful coastline...

    May 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Janie

    Kelly, any amount over nothing is too much! but after all her audience is the True Americans right? Who themselves can't make their ends meet and give this woman financial support.

    Emily, excellent point!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  24. Emily

    @carolyn j
    "they need to bring in the engineers from DUBAI.. if you can build on the sea, you can close, and take off all that oil and residue."
    I'm surprised that BP didn't already have the best on staff wherever they were from...

    May 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I cant believe what the kid will feel the day that he/she answered such a question! The questions themselves are wrong in the first place and the visual/graphic in reality has no connection to the question.

    May we know why some one asked a kid such a question and to prove what?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  26. Roland

    The question that should be added to this "study" is how much of this is due to the stereotypes propagated by the media?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Kids identify with their own race. Pure and simple, there are no sinister underlying reasons.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Emily

    Yes, I know she's made millions...wow....I can't take her seriously when she talks about others, who may be serious about taking office. (Rand Paul, etc)

    May 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Soledad Gomez

    There were probably stereo types about young men who didn't serve in Nom back when, and he's doing it because he's embarrassed.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am most interested to see how the primarys go tomorrow.
    I'm interested to see if Ms. Palin does have any effect on how people vote.

    I don't think that Specter will make it.

    @Sharon Hastings-look on the 1st page of the blog where the ariticles are. There is a story asking for our response to the Firday format and the blog too. Go there an express your opion on Fri. format and anything else.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  31. Sharon Hastings

    I agree with John King that there is no significant national leader in the Republican party and this makes a niche for someone like Sarah Palin. I think she does believe what she says but also is going to couple that with making as much money as she can doing it. Who else do they have that can get such a large crowd out?? That's pretty sad.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Brandon Boyd, Henderson NC

    I agree! We should impose a national boycott on all BP products! I will not purchase fuel from a BP station and invite others to join me on this..

    May 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Dan in WV

    Does anyone know how long this oil will leak if it is not stopped at all?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  34. john


    How much oil is leaking? Lets have everyone participate:

    1) Looking at the footage, how many gallons look to be released every second?

    2) How many seconds are in a day?

    3) Multiply the two together.

    My modest estimate: If only 1 gallon is released every second, then 86,400 gallons are released every day. Why are we still listening to anything BP has to say?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  35. martin

    When will Sarah Palin's 15 minutes of fame end? We're in the twenty-second month of having her in the limelight. Frankly, she's turned into a guest who just won't leave.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Palin probably gets paid a decent amount to stir the soup up!!! She probably is well informed about the mis-informed topics and appears to cater well to people, who cant figure out from truth to the next lie

    May 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Emily, she had 12 million reason for not staying as governor. That's how much she's made since resigning.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Lenny

    Why is it that every solution that BP comes up with has to do with collecting the oil and not stopping the leak. All the "caps" had provisions to get the oil to the surface and into tankers, but since there were ice crystals blocking the oil to the surface they had to come up with something else. They are getting 20% of the oil leak pumped in a taker. What do you think they are going to do with it???

    May 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  39. chanell Crichlow

    i thought this was going to be about how kids see race and so far it hasnt been....

    May 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Brad

    I keep hearing the media getting down on BP and the oil spill. The fact of the matter is that it is their fault, they have accepted responsibility, however that does not mean that we should all just point the finger at them, and distract them from trying to cap the well. Everyone in America, and oil experts around the globe are happy that it did not happen on their watch, but are all-eager to help in trying to find a solution to the matter at hand. After the well is capped, then they can have people go around and try to figure out how much oil has escaped, but right now that is not the “most” important thing to be doing. It is like asking a doctor to count how much blood is being lost instead of trying to stop the flow.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Jesse

    This oil spill has or will promote a state of emergency if it hasn't already. The government needs to take over the American Oil Companies as a means of economical survival. This may sound crazy and unconstitutional but guess what, these are different times that are going to call for extreme measures.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Barb

    Bringing in engineers from Dubai might mean that BP has to admit that they don't know what they are doing...hmmmm...could they possibly admit anything truthfully?
    Dubai engineers are probably exactly the people they need to consult.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Still covering Palin? Why?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Sarah Palin doesn't understand that we are not all "mommies."
    And she should not be at her advanced age, causing her baby to have Down Syndrome. Shame on her!

    Who was Sarah before McCain "found her?" Nobody.

    She is still a "nobody."

    She is ranting and raving about the need to change our country but she has not offered one reason for change.


    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Gerard Mc Ardle, Belfast & Drogheda, Ireland.

    Hi Anderson...Team & viewers...

    Re: BP...I'd siphon up more oil with a straw...than BP claim they are doing right now with their contraption. I don't believe a word of theirs they're propagating.

    Good show as usual...& your reports on how children define their skin colour are very telling in our world of 2010. I admire the parent/s of the child who was on last week & said she does not see any difference in any of the colours...it's what's on the inside that matters. Full marks to her & her parents.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Rob

    I heard the us oil boys where told not to knock the platform over , is this true , an is this even proventable. once it catches fire is it possible
    to keep it from sinking

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    On the contrary did it occur to any one that BP could create multiple extraction points just like I mentioned on Thursday?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  48. lisal -canada

    if palin's following is supposed to be not that large, why do we keep hearing her so much? i don't really want to hear what she has to say but ... boop there she is on 'the news' again. of course, i could just not watch. my choice, i suppose.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  49. Bruce Ohms

    I am disappointed on the "study" on race. I would think professionals could put together a study where young children don't feel obligated to choose a "bad kid". The question implies the child has to choose one when they may on even feel hat way.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Emily

    Did Sarah Palin say that "we are putting all our effort into this...."

    Why didn't she put all Her effort into finishing her term as the Governor as Alaska?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
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