Tags: children/youth, inequality, knowledge, methodolgy/statistics, prejudice/discrimination, psychology/social psychology, race/ethnicity, social construction, essentialism, experiment, racial socializaiton, internalized racism, stereotypes, white bias, 00 to 05 mins
Summary: This clip from Anderson Cooper 360 shows an experiment where a child is given a line-up of children with light to dark skin and is asked to point to the bad child, good child, nice child, and so on. The child, who associates positive characteristics with the lighter skinned children and negative characteristics with the darker skinned children, is asked why he responds that way. He simply states that it is "because they are white" or "they are black." Cooper's guests comment on the experiment, including discussing how the child has developed these racial biases (e.g. his exposure to racial minorities in his neighborhood and school) and the importance of talking to children about race. Students can be encouraged to think about how children internalize conceptions of race, where these conceptions come from and how this may lead to the development of stereotypes and racial inequality.
Submitted By: Paul Dean
4/3/2012 08:45:17 am
Here is another video that references similar research about how 6-year olds talk about race:
7/14/2013 04:54:12 am
This experiment does not reveal racism, it teaches it. The only difference in the figures is skin color, and the child is implicitly told that some of them are bad and some good. So of course the kid learns from the set up that skin color determines moral character.
2/15/2016 02:48:47 pm
3/21/2021 06:24:46 pm
Yeah, denial...It said some are good. or bad, however, they were not told which.So the point stands...
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