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Race Relations

Research shows that most preschoolers (regardless of their race) evaluate light skinned persons (Euro-American) more positively than dark skinned (African-American) persons.  Parents who enjoy racial privilege may wonder if they should avoid talking about race with their young children so that they don’t learn to discriminate racial differences, but research has shown that “colorblind” strategies actually reinforce racial prejudice in children. (research)

To counter the bias children are learning, adults can provide guidance and opportunities to think and talk about the differences they observe. Picture books with positive portrayals of all races of people can provide these opportunities for adults to express their values as well as discover how their children are thinking and feeling. 

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