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Do young children really notice race?

Posted at 7:29 PM, Apr 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-05 19:32:43-04

You might be surprised to hear what a 6-year-old has to say about race and friendship.

A CNN  study found the majority of 6-year-old black children are optimistic about race relations but at age 13, that changes to the same pessimistic view of their white peers.

According to CNN's expert, it's repeated messages of rejection from the majority that explain the disappointing trend.

Davionne is a first grader at a majority African-American elementary school .

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien interviewed Davionne because she said that his responses to her question about interracial friendships were very different that others in his age and ethnic group.

Davionne doesn’t think that two children of different color should play together.

It sounded like his mother was a big reason behind that.  Davionne’s mother and father, who heard their son’s responses, thinks he answered in a way he thought he was expected to answer.

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