Kids’ test answers on race brings mother to tears

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I don’t find any of this all that surprising and I think we should be very careful with our reactions. I can tell you that in spite of all the conversations we have about race and ethnicity and sexual orientation and gender identity…my girls until about the age of 6 or 7 would often say things just as shocking (they would also say things like “when I grow up I’m going to marry a boy and take care of him” in spite of my frequent feminist rants). They are white, in many ways “stereotypically” female, in a home with straight parents, most of the people around them are the same. I’m also not surprised about the response of the black kids. Of course I think the reaction to have more/better conversations about race are a good idea but I hope we don’t go crazy about this…esp. in reaction to this study.

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