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Kids On Race: The Hidden Picture

April 20, 2012 by staff 

Kids On Race: The Hidden Picture, A new series “Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture” begins airing tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°. Race relations is one of the most explosive issues in America and for many, it’s one of the most taboo to talk about, especially with children.

Tonight’s segment will explore the finding that a white child and a black child look at the exact same picture of two students on the playground but what they see is often very different and what they say speaks volumes about the racial divide in America.

The pictures, designed to be ambiguous, are at the heart of a groundbreaking new study on children and race commissioned by CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°. White and black kids were asked: “What’s happening in this picture?”, “Are these two children friends?” and “Would their parents like it if they were friends?” The study found a chasm between the races as young as age 6.

Overall, black first-graders had far more positive interpretations of the images than white first-graders. The majority of black 6-year-olds were much more likely to say things like, “Chris is helping Alex up off the ground” versus “Chris pushed Alex off the swing.”

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