RACIAL ATTITUDES IN YOUNG CHILDREN AS A FUNCTION OF INTERRACIAL CONTACT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Abstract

The relative effects of integrated and segregated schooling on racial attitudes were studied in a comparison of young children attending all-black, all-white, and integrated schools. Results of this photo-choice study suggest that segregated classes discourage realistic perceptions of the excluded race and promote a preference for whites among whites and blacks, whereas interracial schooling contributes to acceptance of blacks by all students and has especially profound and complex effects on black children.

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