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These 12-Year-Old Kids Discuss Race More Candidly Than Most Adults [Watch]

Kids respond to New York Public Radio's question, "What are you?"

Credit: Being12

Credit: Being12

Not a day goes by, it seems, without a high-profile issue concerning racial violence being broadcast on the news. In wake of such events, its teachers and parents left with the difficult task of discussing with students and their kids the important issue of ethnic prejudice.

No doubt about it, racism is anything but an easy topic to tackle. Thankfully, some adults have come up with innovative ways to creatively discuss the issue.

As Yes!Magazine shared, last year, teachers began using the #FergusonSyllabus hashtag on Twitter to share tools and methods they used to discuss police brutality targeted against black men and boys like Eric Garner and Michael Brown. And around the same time, They Are Children asked American children to send handwritten cards to Latin American child refugees facing deportation. In response to these campaigns, an outpour of empathy and compassion was received.

And recently, for the “Being 12” radios series, New York Public Radio (WNYC) decided to go to kids themselves, asking “What are you?” to a group of 12-year-olds.

Their answers, shared in the video below, reveal an array of complex experiences pre-teens presently face based on their race. We urge you to take 4 minutes to watch the following segment and share your thoughts below.


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