Americans Need to Talk to Children About Race

October 12, 2009 by Guest Blogger · 1 Comment
Filed under: American Identity, Culture 

by Chris Bober

Given the political and social climate of the last few months, America needs to have a meaningful, national dialogue about race and we need to have it soon.

Of course, I’m not the first to argue this point.

James Johnson, in his recent Imagine 2050 blog, “Can We Talk? (About Race)” underscored the detrimental impact our lack of communication on issues regarding racism, oppression, and systems of privilege has on us as adults. This is especially true when we continue to “(talk) over each other, at each other, and about each other.” Therefore, it should come as no surprise that when we try to talk with our children about race we have similar difficulties.

In a Newsweek article entitled “See Baby Discriminate,” Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, authors of the new book “Nurtureshock: New Thinking About Children,” explore recent scientific research in the field of child development and discuss race and children’s perception of difference. In the article, a study which included over a hundred Caucasian families is featured. Its participants were divided into three groups. One third was asked to watch videos with multicultural themes and to use the videos to set-up conversations with their children about race, another third was asked to watch the videos and not have a conversation, and the final third was asked to simply bring up the discussions without the aid of the videos. Read more

Anorexia Doesn’t Discriminate

September 16, 2008 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: Culture 

As a teenager I had a close friend with some serious problems: severe depression, violent behavior, anxiety, etc. He was afflicted by stomach aches and it wasn’t uncommon for him to throw up when he was emotionally unstable. He was a picky eater which isn’t that abnormal, but I often noted that he seemed disgusted by food and deprived himself of it when he was unhappy. It wasn’t until years later that I realized he had at best a mild eating disorder. If he was a white female it would most likely have been obvious, but being an African-American male meant that a serious disease went untreated. Read more

IMAGINE 2050’s New Poll! Will racism rise as “Minorities become the Marjority”?

August 18, 2008 by Sarah Viets · Comment
Filed under: Culture, Politics 

Wednesday (August 13, 2008), the Census Bureau confirmed that by 2042 - 8 years earlier than previously thought - the United States will no longer have a racial majority, that white Americans will no longer be the majority.

Here’s the new data calculated for 2050:

Whites - 46%
Blacks - 15%
Hispanics - 30%
Asians - 9%

But does any of this really matter? Is race a 21st century read more