Anderson Cooper commissioned an updated doll test. The journalist reveals 60 years after Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s 1947 doll test used to support the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, racial biases among school children still exist today–even with an African American president.

The video shows an African American boy pointing to a drawn White doll after being asked what skin color he wants. Later in the program when asked which doll behaves badly a White boy points to a dark-skin African American doll.

The study was used to determine the status of children’s racial beliefs, attitudes and preferences comprised of a total of 133 early and middle school children in the Northeastern and Southeastern regions of the country.

The results are astonishing yet not completely surprising. In a society where racial myths still linger in media images in film and television, Cooper’s study painfully demonstrate children are more receptive than we think.

Check out the full doll test results

Check out the original doll test results from 1947

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Do you think the parents’ racial beliefs have affected these children or is it media images? Is it a combination of both? Speak on it!

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  • binky

    Mrs. Reese EXACTLY!

    Racism IS taught and learned, nobody is born racist so these kids are learning it from somewhere and since they are so young most likely they are learning it at home! Even if you are not openly racist or use hate filled words kids still part up on how you interact, judge and behave around individuals who are not like you. Case in point….if a white woman is walking down the street with her kid and see a black man and quickly clutch her purse or move out of the way everytime then the child is going to pick up on that and assume the man is bad, even if he didn’t do her anything and was friendly or vice versa…it is a terrible cycle

    I was so floored and sad when I saw this study and the children’s answers. However, I’am not really surprise and that is sort of sad as well. Honestly, I think it is a combination of things from what they learn and are taught at home (mostly), what we see in the media, and not teaching and educating children properly on race relations. I know this isn’t PC but HEY we are different and “different” isn’t necessary bad. I think we need to teach kid the difference we have as a culture but at the same time teach love and understanding, only in an idea world right. I can’t tell you how many kids I grew up with and went to the same school with that was racially insensitive or said some offensive things.