Multicultural Videos and Parental Discussions about Race with Children
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This paper reviews and analyzes Bronson and Merryman's article about racial perceptions among children, entitled "See my Baby Discriminate." First, the paper describes how the study was conducted and the results. According to the paper, these results may have been impacted by a child's natural impulse to categorize the elements of their world. Additionally, the paper notes that simple exposure to diversity is not an adequate method for eliminating the perception of racial divisions. Various other research studies about racial perceptions among children and youth were also cited. The overall conclusion was that with more racial groups present in a school, the more likely students would self-segregate. The paper concludes, however, that that ignoring the issue of race in the hopes of maintaining an appearance of equality is not nearly as effective as a direct and explicit discussion of the issues and children's perceptions.
From the Paper:"Simple exposure to diversity is not an adequate method for eliminating the perception of racial divisions. In fact, studies that examined the levels of integration in schools found that the more diverse a student population was, the more likely the students were to self-segregate based on race. That is, with more people of other races around them, students of all races were more likely to be friends solely or primarily with members of their own racially identified group. Larger studies have concluded that white males in high school list another white male as their best friend ninety-two percent of the time, with African-American males coming in at an only slightly lower percentage of 85% towards self-selecting friends of their own race. All of this leads the authors to suggest that children be talked to about race the same way they are talked to regarding gender, with regular reinforcement of equality without ignoring the issue altogether."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bronson, P. & Merryman, A. (2009). "See my baby discriminate." Newsweek 14 September pp. 53-60.
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