Instilling “Black Pride” In Children Helps Them Perform Better Academically

A study published in the Child Development journal (Volume 83, Issue 5, pages 1716-1731) shows that parental racial pride offsets potentially negative impact on a student's academic development.

It is imperative that you share black history with your children because it really pays off in the longterm. New research shows that when parents engage their children in activities that promote feelings of racial knowledge, pride, and connection, it offsets racial discrimination’s potentially negative impact on students’ academic development.

Our findings challenge the notion that ‘race blindness’ is a universally ideal parenting approach, especially since previous research has shown that racially conscious parenting strategies at either extreme—either ‘race blindness’ or promoting mistrust of other races—are associated with negative outcomes for African American youth,” says lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychology in education at the University of Pittsburgh, Ming-Te Wäng. Wäng co-authored the study with Harvard University’s James P. Huguley. “When African American parents instill a proud, informed, and sober perspective of race in their sons and daughters, these children are more likely to experience increased academic success,” says Wäng.

Scholarly research has shown that African American students, especially males, are at risk of being unfairly disciplined, being discouraged from taking advanced classes, or receiving lower grades than they deserved, solely due to their race. Other studies point to negative peer treatment because of race — fist fighting, being bullied, or not being selected for teams or activities. The research may be a telling factor in explaining why 53 percent of the dozen four- and five-year-olds — who were suspended from NYC schools — were African American.

Our study provides empirical evidence that the longstanding practice in the African American community of cultivating racial pride and preparing children to face racial bias in society should be considered among appropriate and beneficial practices in parenting Black children,” says Wäng, who plans to conduct the same kind of research with Latino and Asian American teenagers.

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  2. Why would I instill anything other than Black pride in my Black child. To instill white pride in a Black child wouldn’t make any sense now would it?

  3. lol You filthy oar tuggers.

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  5. This is very important and we cannot depend on the American school system to do it. Teach your kids their history and always follow up with what they are learning in class. Doesn't make any sense how American and world history is mandatory, yet the curriculum leaves out and distorts so much information. If you're going to tell a story, tell all of it.

  6. If there not teaching in schools, you teach it to who ever you come across. I teach it in my classroom, but I can’t do it by myself.


  8. I agree with this article. I also feel that Black History should be a part of the curriculum taught in schools. Blacks need to know about their heritage and how we've overcome the struggles. Also there were great African rulers and scientists. Not all blacks were slaves.

    • It wont be taught in schools and the article doesn't claim that it will be. This is a call for us to be pro-active. I know my mom never taught me what she knew, she figured it wasn't important :[ And there's less and less material taught in class every passing generation. They are about to remove the word 'slavery' from the school system and integrate more stories and instances of Blacks making money in the slave system too. My school didn't so much as teach me about 1 figure in Black history during BHM!

    • George Gimmeabrekplez Hudson

      Of course this will not be taught in schools. This is where it becomes the parent's responsibility to teach their children. The interaction alone with the child will be rewarding. During my grade school years, I am fortunate to have had a 4th grade teacher, Ms. Larue (I hope she is out there) who took the few black children aside during lunch or after school and introduced us to our history. Then it was furthered by our parents. I did the same with my son. BUt please, do not expect the schools to teach our children about their history. It simply will not happen.

  9. Candice Adams Whigham

    Thanks for this. I don't see how and why African American children shouldn't be taught their history; yet, it is ok to learn others. How does that make sense? I am a history teacher and make it my business to insert AA history in my lessons even though it is not entirely included in the curriculum. Unfortunately, US and World History include very little about other races history in America. It's better from when I was in school. though.

  10. This is truth!

  11. How can you expect African-American children to have pride when you train them to embrace being identified as a color and the most negative of colors?

    • How can the color black, or therefore any color, be "negative?" Oh, I know, because humans choose to make colors "positive or negative." You might want to research the POWER of the color black. smh

  12. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard and ask ourselves what role as black people are we playing in destruction of our children. I was just reading how the Brooklyn Boys & Girls Club selected gangster rapper 50 cent to give a concert to young black children. I would think the first step in instilling “Black Pride” in Children would be to reject this sort of violent, ignorant, self hating rap buffoonery.

  13. Thanks to Northern for his thought-provoking comments. A small note: Benjamin Banneker was not a "generation removed from slavery." Banneker was born in the eighteenth century (1700s) and therefore lived during the slavery era. He was however not a slave. His free status is due to the fact that his mother was free. According to the 1662 the Virginia Assembly law, the child followed the condition of the mother. Since, enslaved Africans were considered like chattel, the law extended society's view of black people as chattel (like cows or other other animals) and as such slavery was considered their "natural" and perpetual. I concur with Mr. Roosevelt that all cultures need to appreciate their contributions to society. Indeed, the wealth of the United States in particular is built upon the brains, backs, and bondage of enslaved African people and their descendants. There is a wealth of knowledge available–and thanks to the internet, easily accessible.

  14. This is very true! The mis-education of the Negro child is to demean an ethnicity and to elevate the majority to a superior status. However, parents need to first inform themselves of our historty and not his-story through better research and study. The African American Images libray located in Chicago Heights, Iillinois is a great start. S.E.T.C.L.A.E. is a great program that Dr. Jumanza Kunjufu is a acronym of a course that stands for Self Esteen Through Culture Leads To Academic Excellence. I would also recommend a quick study in self-taught mathematician and U.S. patriot Benjamin Banneker. He was actually a generation removed from slavery that surveyed and constructed the Washington DC capital square from memory. Did you also know that there was a Black US Senator-Hiram Relms and a Black Louisiana Governor in PW Pinchback? Also, since any Black in your blood attests that at least five(5) U.S. Presidents had enough Negro linage to be considered African-Americans. It is documented that before the alignment of the original colonies and immediately after the British were defeated and before George Washington and the U.S. Constitution; a Berber from West Africa may have been voted our first Black U.S. President. Study! All cultures need to appreciate themselves before learning about anyone else.

    • There is also plenty of amazing historical information available about our people that predates western civilization. Africa's global contacts and friendly relations with the rest of the world. Along the silk road where Dar Es Saalam was its most southern point for being the first creators of what we call 'Damascus steel.' And Africa's reach into the Caribbean and beyond into Mexico where the Olmec kingdom settled. Africans in India when black skin was prized above all shades, in Arabia, and in Spain when the Black Moors saved them from the Dark Ages in Europe until the European Christians pushed them out and Spain fell back into Darkness again. Africa herself has 20 strong Black kingdoms of antiquity in which to study that predate Western guns and the medicine that helped them resist malaria. Not every kingdom gave in to selling her own people as others might like you to believe. They fought against European invasion as they had for however many thousands of years. To know these kingdoms by name, Google Images of African kingdoms and look for a map labeled with each of them. Timbuktu of Ancient Ghana was probably the largest before the gold mines ran dry and the town disbanded. The Christian kingdom of Ethiopia was never overthrown by western powers except for a brief period in the final years of colonization. The Africans who fought in WWII are the same Africans who fought and liberated Africa herself.

      We may not have been born in Africa, but Africa was born in us. Finding out more about Africa will help you to the truth that will set you free.