The development of stereotypes concerning the Negro

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White students in grades 4 to 11 of a Virginia school were asked to compare Negroes and whites on 60 traits. Younger students showed less agreement among themselves and often disagreed with the older students. It is suggested that young children first acquire a generally unfavorable attitude toward the Negro and are unwilling to attribute to him any good traits. With experience and age the students learn the adult stereotypes which allow the Negro some good traits of religion, cheerfulness, and dancing ability, although they are still predominantly unfavorable. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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