The Biased Presentation of a Racial Bias Special Part 2

This is a 3 part series.  

In my December 30th post titled “N-Word & Racial Double Standard in Films” I wrote: “The movie industry employs a gross double standard when it comes to race.  It allows white characters to freely assault Black characters with racist bile, but largely gags Blacks from saying anything racially demeaning to or about whites. That’s because the industry honors the feelings and humanity of white viewers and therefore spares them from being a racial target.”  That type of white audience racial protection not only applies within the movie industry, it also applies to TV and pop culture as a whole.

Case in point, a few years ago CNN aired the special “Black or White: Kids on Race.” Black and white children (ages 4 – 5 and 9 -10) were shown 5 illustrations of the same cartoon character in five shades ranging from white to dark brown. The boys were shown a boy character and the girls a girl character.  The kids were asked to point to the boy/girl who was “nice,” “pretty” “ugly” “bad,” and so on.  Both Black and white children overwhelmingly associated white skin with positive traits and dark skin with negative traits, but a few of the Black children viewed whites as “dumb” and “ugly.” When children appeared to have a negative Black bias interviewers asked them a series of follow-up question, but when Black children appeared to have a negative white bias they were skipped over.

Black viewers were subjected to a barrage of Black and white children expressing their negative Black bias while in contrast, white viewers were spared from hearing Black children who viewed white skin as negative.

I’ve provided a few sample interviews of negative Black bias within the 4 and 5-year-old group. Please note that I paraphrased the interview questions which were originally phrased: “Show me the bad child,” etc.

White boy wearing red and striped shirt.

  • Which child is dumb?  (He picks darkest boy.) Why is he dumb?
  • WHITE BOY: Cause he’s really black. 
  • Which child is nice? (He selects whitest boy.) Why is he nice?
  • WHITE BOY: Cause he’s the lightest.
  • Which child is mean? (He picks next to the darkest boy.) Why is he mean?
  • WHITE BOY:  Because he’s darker.
  • Which child is good? (He selects the boy in the middle.) Why is he good?
  • WHITE BOY: Because he’s light.
  • Which child is bad?  (He chooses darkest boy.) Why is he bad?
  • WHITE BOY: Because he’s really dark.
 White girl wearing white hair bows. 
  • Which child is smart?  (She picks next to lightest girl.) Why is she smart?
  • WHITE GIRL: Cause she looks like me
  • Which child is mean? (She picks next to darkest girl.) Why is she mean?
  • WHITE GIRL:  Cause she’s way darker
  • Which child is good? (She picks next to whitest girl.) Why is she good?
  • WHITE GIRL: Because I think she looks like me.
  • Which child is bad? (she picks darkest girl) Why is she the bad child?
  • WHITE GIRL: Because she’s a lot darker.
  • Who has the skin color most children like?  (She picks 2nd lightest girl.)
  • Who has the skin color most children don’t like? (She picks darkest girl.)
  • Who has the skin color most girls want? (She chooses 2nd lightest girl)
  • Who has the skin color most girls don’t want? (She selects the darkest girl)

Browned-skinned Black girl wearing red and white hair ornament.

  • Which is the smart child? (She points to the whitest girl.) Why is she smart?
  • BLACK GIRL: Cause she is white
  • Which is the dumb child? (She points to the darkest girl.) Why is she dumb?
  • BLACK GIRL: Cause she Black
  • Which is the ugly child? (She points to the darkest girl.)  Why is she ugly?
  • BLACK GIRL: Cause she black
  • Which is the good child? (She points to the whitest girl) Why is she good?
  • BLACK GIRL:   Cause she’s white
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