As I was searching for something to write about, I came across an extremely important topic in an article called “Children’s Perceptions of Race & Friendship” on the sociological images blog site. Attached to the article is a CNN study video on how kids perceive race and friendship at an age as young as six. The study is raw but very insightful on how kids are growing up in the 21st century.
As you being to watch the video, it states that the study is represented by 145 kids at six different schools across three different states. The tested kids had three different racial make ups with the majority of white Americans and black Americans and also “racial diverse.” It is evident that the kids pick up their social patterns from the adults they spend majority of time with. Its unfortunate but not surprising on the results that come up from the study. By the age of six, these kids are highly aware of race and have began to form there own ideas, stemming from how they see these adults feel and perceive about race in there own surroundings. The research shows that overall, young white Americans are far more negative about interaction with the races, then are black Americans.
Parents might not be telling there kids to grow up being racist, but the subtle messages do have a big impact on them growing up. Its not only just the parents, its the messages they see on tv and also online. Kids pick on too much nowadays, and whatever they pick up stays within in them for a long time. Its our job as parents to make sure that our kids are experiencing as much diversity as possible, not just at school for some hours. There should be no discrimination shown to our kids, so if they want to bring a friend home who is the opposite color, they shouldn’t have to feel worried that their parents will say no. I advise everyone to check out this video clip, and hopefully we can stir up a conversation of both sides on this topic.