“Parents of young children do often send messages about, ‘We can all be friends … but by adolescence, they start getting more nervous about this and they start thinking, ‘Well you should be friends with people like you or like us,‘ ” said Killen. Killer was hired to help conduct an experiment called Anderson Cooper 360 study on children and race.The below two children were a part of the study and this is what they had to share: Jimmy, a Black 7th grader, had serial dated white girls and his parents seemed to disapprove. ‘ because all my girls have been white,” he said, adding, “it’s not like they were like, ‘You need to choose a black girl,’ it’s just they were asking me why I like white girls and I was just like, ‘ grader, shares that he doesn’t think his parents would approve of him sharing a romantic relationship with an African American girl.” Many students were surveyed and it was reported that a majority of them have been informed by their parents, and even their friends, to not pursue an interracial relationship.However, when two authorities that were conducting this experiment interviewed some of the parents of these children, they received less harsher answers. The father was speaking to his daughter, whom started to date an African American at her school.
We must remember though that many people have been persecuted simply on the premise of race or culture.I recall my father scolding my sisters and me, saying: “Interracial dating is like allowing yourself to potentially form into a broken family.You’re going to lose a part of your culture and you’re children will too.” .Don’t get me wrong there are certainly plenty of racists in the traditional sense to go around in our country who really need to be dealt with; however, I’m not speaking about those people who want to do harm to other races in various ways.So how does a white American or black American parent have a conversation with their child to express their sentiments if they believe in dating only those of their race/culture but not appear to come off as racist or a bigot?