Young Black Children's Development Affected by Messages on Race.
I thought it provides a research-based contact to the series of post that I'm currently writing. In the article the researcher writes,
Racial socialization can be described as the practice of communicating messages about race to children "who are black in a society in which being black has negative connotations," according to the study, quoting a noted child development expert. Depending on parents' values, racial socialization can emphasize achievement, morality, racial equality and self-esteem; the minority experience, including awareness of discrimination; or black culture.The key to the statement above that I believe is most overlooked, is that being black brings with it a negative connotation. A connotation that is not true but accepted. Because it is widely accepted, that is why people report being color blind or not wanting to focus on race. That is why Black Americans hate to hear those statements. The issue isn't being black, the problem is that people associate being black with something negative.
- In a colorblind society, people of color (like me) cease to exist.
- When someone says don't focus on your color or race, they are really saying, "why focus on something so negative it will only bring you down."