The article “Learning

The article “Learning (Not) to Talk About Race: When Older Children Underperform in Social Categorization” by Michael I. Norton it is said that race is not seen as relevant to a child of a young age but as we grow and become older we start to view race as a sensitive topic to talk about due to the knowledge and history that’s taken place.
When we are young we do not comprehend what good or bad, children are an overall aspect of purity, they have no preference on race, and only state what they observe, without taking in consideration how race is a sensitive topic people avoid discussion over. In a conducted study amongst children consisting of different ages, were given identification cards consisting of color (red/blue), gender, weight, and race, amongst the two age groups researchers found that ” those adults most concerned with appearing unprejudiced tend to strategically avoid talking about race during social interaction.” (1513) Almost every racial group in America has a history of suffering and discrimination and we are taught this multiple times throughout academic teaching and with that we grasp an understanding on where our boundaries ly so we avoid the topic in order to avoid conflict amongst two or more groups of people.
From early childhood people are taught that expressing differences is seen as impolite and is discouraged upon, if taught that there is no such thing as race or prejudice we start to see that children born with that understanding grow to have less prejudice thoughts. “The extant literature typically reports a decrease in biased intergroup attitudes as children increase in age, yet there is no agreed upon explanation for why this pattern emerges. Some suggest that this decline reflects a genuine decrease in prejudice resulting from increased perspective” Thus the idea that it is best to emphasize our similarities can be seen as color-evasion.
Furthermore Discrimination may be obvious or subtle, either way both can be damaging