SEATTLE — A new study from the University of Washington found that children between the ages seven and 12 rate gender as more important than race.
The study involved interviews with 222 children who attend three racially diverse public schools in Tacoma, Wash.
The second through sixth grade students were asked to place cards, labeled with different identity traits, into a “me” pile if the card described them or in a “not me” pile if it did not.
Some of the traits included—boy, girl, son, daughter, student, Asian, black, white, etc.
The students were then asked to rank the cards by importance as a whole and separately rate how important racial and gender identities were to them.
Lead author, Leoandra Onnie Rogers, said most white kids would say race is not important, while kids of color would say race does matter.
The study further revealed that 42 percent of responses defining the meaning of race through values of equality or humanism came from white children. On the other hand, just one-quarter of students of color mentioned equality when talking about race.
“The issue is not that we’re different,” Rogers said in a release. “It’s in the hierarchy and the value that’s placed on those differences.”
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