On the train, i heard the most disturbing comment by a child. After hearing this comment  it made me start to think why the parents did not say anything about her comment, or he actions. This upset me deeply . Let me tell you the story. The family was white and the daughter had to be around the age of 5-7. The mother gave her daughter two dolls one in which the doll was white and the other doll was black. The little girl threw the black doll on the floor and said I don’t want the black doll it is ugly. Now I would say okay this is just a little girl who doesn’t know any better, but the reaction of the parents is what upset me. . I could be dreaming but I thought the parents would say all dolls are the same, or it doesn’t matter of the color of the doll, you can still play with it. I don’t know but that is my opinion. I may have taken this a bit serious. It made me start to think are parents actually teaching their kids to be racist or they just don’t feel that it is necessary to teach kids that whatever color someone may be, we are all equal. I also came to the question, when is the right time to teach your kid about racism and stereotypes of other race/ethnicity? This made me research how racism affects kids. 

                    I came across an article called “Awareness of Racism Affects How Children Do Socially and Academically” In this article it states that children are aware of racism and all the stereotypes at a young age. It states

Between ages 5 and 11, the researchers found, children become aware that many people believe stereotypes, including stereotypes about academic ability (for example, how intelligent certain racial and ethnic groups are).When children become aware of these types of bias about their own racial or ethnic group, it can affect how they respond to everyday situations, ranging from interacting with others to taking tests. For example, African American and Latino youths who were aware of broadly held stereotypes about their groups performed poorly on a standardized test, confirming the negative stereotype in a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

To be honest I am not too surprised by this. I am mean look at the society we live in. Many people may not realize that there is racism and many sterotypes, but it is out there. With all this happening i am not surprised children would catch on. In the long run it can affect them mentally. Clark Mcown suggest “Specifically, they suggest the need for educational policies and comprehensive programs to reduce stereotypes and their consequences early in children’s school careers.”  With this statement i agree.  I do believe that because of the society we live it is up to the parents, teachers or guardians to teach these kids about their race and other races.  It is important for them to know that regardless of race/ethnicity all people are the same, and should not fall into a sterotype depending on their race. Everyone is an individual and you make who you are.

So in reading this, the parents are wrong for not saying anything about their child behavior against the black doll. They themselves need to realize that they are setting a wrong example, and making it clear they may be racist. Don’t get me wrong i may be wrong and as mentioned before taking this too serious, but either way it looked bad, and felt a bit disappointed by the reaction of the parents. But this is the society we live in.  This is the link to the article if you want further information. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/170909.php




2 responses

  1. rinarandria says:

    I completely agree with you. I remember I took cultural anthropology last year where we were discussing a study done where little girls were given a black doll and a white doll and almost all of them chose the white doll. It’s really crazy to think that even children are aware of color and choosing light dolls over dark even if they might not be doing it intentionally. I also really agree the problem with children that are aware of stereotypes doing poorer in school is the idea of self-fulfilling prophecy. I did a paper in high school about intelligence and I remember reading an article about the difference in schooling between American children and the schooling of Japanese children. Japanese children did significantly better when comparing math test scores and the authors of the articles discussed the reasons for the difference in the scores between the two countries. One of the factors was the ideologies of the kids: Japanese kids felt that if they got a bad grade they just needed to study a lot harder while a lot of American kids thought that if they got a bad grade in math that they were just bad at the subject and there was nothing they can do about, leading to the bad grade. This is similar to the article you were discussing, if the Latino and African Americans are told that stereotypically they are seen as not going to do well in class then they won’t have any motivation to do so and will just end up being apart of the stereotype. Even though it’s extremely difficult, it’s important to help get rid of these negative stereotypes and help encourage kids to do better in school.

  2. raquelsaadia says:

    I definitely think that children are aware of color differences. They notice when people are not the same color as they are, just as they notice a difference in sex. Just like it is the parents who should teach and guide children to care about equality, it is them who teach them inequality. I think these types of children are aware of their parents bias’s and therefore adopt the same ideas and thoughts. When children are misguided or don’t have the proper support it causes them to conform to the negative stereotypes of their race. Maybe better educational policies and comprehensive programs would help solve some of these problems, but I think parents have to additionally teach their children the importance of equality.