Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

See Baby Discriminate Kids as young as 6 months judge others based on skin color.

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At the Children’s Research Lab at the University of Texas, a database is kept on thousands of families in the Austin area who have volunteered to be available for scholarly research. In 2006 Birgitte Vittrup recruited from the database about a hundred families, all of whom were Caucasian with a child 5 to 7 years old.

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The goal of Vittrup’s study was to learn if typical children’s videos with multicultural storylines have any beneficial effect on children’s racial attitudes.”

http://www.newsweek.com/id/214989/page/1

This study showed that white families in the extremely liberal Austin, Texas, area were not open with their children about racial issues. Because these parents never directly talked about racism the children were left on their own to decide what was right and in most cases the children conformed with the widespread white-supremacy view. Although these parents were correct in attempting to not teach their children color/race divides, the children were hurt because they were not taught how to deal with racial issues. The effectiveness of teaching racial equality in public schools is also called into question in this experiment, because children are left to draw their own conclusions because teachers are trying to be too politically correct. Parents are one of the most important influences on children, so if they are unwilling to teach their kids who is?

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Written by samhag

September 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This is soo true. I believe the responsiblity of teaching kids about racism should fall on the parents first and foremost. I know growing up in my home racist remarks were never spoken and when I would hear one from a friend or movies, my parents would take the time to explain to me that talk like that was completely wrong and unacceptable. I am thankful for this.

    raquelfreytes

    September 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

  2. This is another great example of why parents need to communicate better with their children. Parents should not rely on others to teach about racism to there children. The biggest influence on children’s lives are there parents and if they start learning the wrong information from other sources it will be the parents fault because they did not follow there obligation to teach them tolerance. It is the parent responsibility to teach tolerance to there own children not anyone one else’s.

    icet0696

    September 10, 2009 at 2:25 am


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