Helping Future Generations
I was recently watching Anderson Cooper and I saw that he was doing a new study on how children viewed particular races. The study was done on children ages six and thirteen. The children were shown two different pictures and were asked to describe the events that had previously taken place. The first picture had shown a black boy standing behind a swing with a white boy sitting on the ground in front of the swing. The second picture showed the opposite. Some of the children’s responses to what was going on in the picture surprised me. Many of the white children’s explanations for what happened were very negative, while many of the black children’s explanations for what happened were quite positive. In majority white schools the explanations were 70% negative. The overall point of the study was to show that the way parents interact with their children has a great impact on the way they view race when they are older. Children as young as five can pick up on racial differences even when we think they are not paying attention. It is important that we as leaders of the future generation teach those younger than us to accept people from all walks of life. Black parents are more likely to discuss racial problems with their children than white parents and this is a major problem. Racial issues should be something that is discussed across all spectrums therefore making it easier for us to coexist.