Most American kids say discrimination has prevented women, blacks from occupying White House

October 9th, 2008 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI  

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Austin (Texas), Oct.9 (ANI): A new study in the journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy has found that most kids believe that women and people of color have been excluded from the presidency because of discrimination.
In the year prior to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obamas bids to become the Democratic nominee, researchers interviewed children between five and ten years of age from various ethnic and racial backgrounds to assess their knowledge of and attributions for the lack of female, African American, and Latino presidents.
The study found that most children endorsed the belief that the presidency should be filled by people of both genders and diverse races and ethnicities. Surprisingly, when asked about potential legal barriers, one in four children stated that it was currently against the law for women, African Americans, or Latinos to be President.
Many children also blamed those who have been excluded, arguing that they lack the necessary attributes to hold the position, including the fact women arent as smart as men.
Girls who attributed the lack of female presidents to discrimination were more likely to report that they could not really become president, even if they were interested in doing so.
Our research suggests that the U.S. presidency is a high-profile instance of gender and racial exclusion that is well known by young children and may shape their expectations concerning gender and race relations and discrimination, the authors noted.
If Obama loses his bid for the presidency, there may be little change in children’’s attitudes, but it could fuel their perception that American voters are racially prejudiced,” Bigler said. “In contrast, if Obama wins children may believe that exclusionary laws and racial prejudice no longer shape the outcomes of the presidential elections, they added. (ANI)

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