May 20th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

John Legend: It's OK to see race

Watch a preview of John Legend's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper about CNN's pilot study on how kids view race.

Don't miss AC360° tonight at 10pm ET for the full interview.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Race in America
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  1. Nikki

    Joanie: let's not make excuses for racist people & their kids. Firstly, black people are not black in color, they're BROWN so your analogies about wearing black to a funeral or burning food make no sense. Also, there are as many POSITIVE images associated with dark brown colors as there are negative. Chocolate is dark, vomit is often light; dark is associated with warmth (hot chocolate, blanket), white with cold (snow, rain etc); white people sit in the sun or a tanning booth to darken their color.
    These kids select the black cartoons to associate with the negative descriptions because they are racist & a little foolish....they learned from their parents. I'm very interested in seeing how kids in the UK would respond to the questions. They're aware of the same light/dark associations that you mentioned but I'm sure they would respond differently, perhaps by asking questions like intelligent kids should.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:03 pm |
  2. Noor

    i believe that its not okay at all to see race. this is because most of the people look at a persons race or religion first, rather than his/her talent. 🙂

    May 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  3. Joanie H.

    Is there consideration being given to the fact that lighter and darker shades carry distinct meanings in many areas of our culture, not just race. We tell our children, "It's dark and gloomy outside, it's a bad day." ... "That food is burned too black, it is no good." ... We wear black to funerals and lighter colors to parties. The references are everywhere. I think it would be easy for children to transfer these guidelines of good and bad into skin color... especially when that is the only variable they are given.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  4. Daryl Champion

    I agree with John Legend. The designation of "post-racial" is probably better described as "post-racist". It does not mean that our society should be blind or ignorant to the differences of race, but that all people should be appreciated for who they are, regardless their differences or their similarities of any type - ESPECIALLY RACE.
    Based on the legislative actions in states like Arizona and Texas though, I'd say we're a long way from being post anything! We are right in the thick of it.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |