Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

How Children interpret their race

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In one of my classes we had to read an article about children in a classroom  setting, the children were told that they each had to select a color that best matched their race. The tones that were available ranged from several shades of white/tan colors to dark brown and black. One girl who was biracial painted one hand white and one hand black, another girl who classified herself as Caucasian painted both of her hands white, and an African American girl selected a tan pink shade. The Caucasian girl told the African American girl that she was getting the wrong color and that she should select a darker tone, the girl did not think the darker color matched her since she was going by the color of the palm of her hand rather than her complexion. It is interesting to see that some children take into account their race when selecting their colors while other go by what they see matches best their appearance.


Written by 3graffiti

November 8, 2009 at 1:08 am

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  1. When I was in first grade I insisted that I was not white but that I was peach with what my mother called olive tones. I had no idea what race was much less why knowing which one my skin color corresponded with was important. It’s interesting to know that they are still conducting such activities. How old were these children?


    November 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

  2. I also find it interesting that ideas of race and identity are formed so early in life. Also the different perspectives which even these children see race is amazing. How the African American child chose the pinkish tan color and identified with it over her complex. This just goes to show how perceptive children are and how early society can play in the formation of their ideas and perspectives.


    November 9, 2009 at 4:27 am

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