by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com
A CNN study has found that black children develop a bias against white children at a very early age. The study argues that by the age of 13, black children have opinions on race relations that are negative toward whites.
Most six year olds, according to the study, had an optimistic view on race, but that perception changed as they got older.
Davionne, 6, told a researcher that “They’re not the same color and they can’t play together if they’re not the same color.”
The boy then claimed that he couldn’t play with white kids “cause your mom might not want you to play with that friend.”
The boy’s mother, Aisha, was concerned by her child’s perceptions.
“I’m a little bothered by it,” she said. “Just because I don’t want him to feel I would think that or expect that…. Whoever is his friend is his friend, so I’m not sure why he would feel that way. It just concerns me that he thinks like that.”
The boy’s father denied that his son had a racial bias.
“I know for a fact that that’s not my son, as far as the answers he was giving,” he said. “I think he answers the way he thinks people want him to answer.”
This “study” by CNN is very interesting, especially if the results are used to somehow imply that black children are taught to be leery of whites for no good reason. The sad reality is that many black parents must sometimes prepare their children for the sting of racism that will occur later in life, ultimately undermining their self-esteem at a very early age.