Is black an intimidating color
(Almost all) (A lot) (Some) (Not many) (None) Keep up with this story and more How many Black people are nice?(Almost all) (A lot) (Some) (Not many) (None)During the test, the descriptive adjective "nice" was replaced with more than 20 other adjectives, like "dishonest," "pretty," "curious," and "snobby."Vittrup sent a third of the families home with multiculturally themed videos for a week, such as an episode of where the entire neighborhood comes together to clean the local park." Fourteen percent said outright, "No, my parents don't like black people"; 38 percent of the kids answered, "I don't know." In this supposed race-free vacuum being created by parents, kids were left to improvise their own conclusions—many of which would be abhorrent to their parents.Vittrup hoped the families she'd instructed to talk about race would follow through.They worry that even a positive statement ("It's wonderful that a black person can be president") still encourages a child to see divisions within society.For the early formative years, at least, they believe we should let children know a time when skin color does not matter.
So a second group of families got the videos, and Vittrup told these parents to use them as the jumping-off point for a discussion about interracial friendship.
The last third were also given the checklist of topics, but no videos.
These parents were to discuss racial equality on their own, every night for five nights. Five families in the last group abruptly quit the study.
After watching the videos, the families returned to the Children's Research Lab for retesting.
To Vittrup's complete surprise, the three groups of children were statistically the same—none, as a group, had budged very much in their racial attitudes. Combing through the parents' study diaries, Vittrup realized why.