STUDY: More Race Pride Equals Academic Success

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In yet another twist, researchers included participants from a wide-range of socioeconomic backgrounds instead of solely concentrating on low-income families. The median household income range was $46,000-$50,000, and 40 percent of all parents or guardians had a college degree.

In the end, researchers deemed racial pride to be the most potent component in protecting black teens from the blemishes born of racial discrimination. Of the four aforementioned, potential academic outcomes, data directly finds preparation for such treatment greatly enhances one’s sense of belonging or overcoming all feelings of displacement.

“Our study provides empirical evidence that the longstanding practice in the African American community of cultivating racial pride and preparing children to face racial bias in society should be considered among appropriate and beneficial practices in parenting black children,” said Wang, who plans to conduct the same kind of research with Latino and Asian American teenagers.

In recent times, Wang has garnered unabashed praise for his work including being awarded research-based awards from both the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association. But in the case Parental Racial Socialization study, his findings merely reaffirm issues of basic fairness long voiced by the most fair-minded of equal rights proponents.

In recently announcing he was creating a first-of-its-kind national office to bolster educational prospects of African American students, President Obama stressed the initiative will seek to coordinate the efforts neighborhood communities and federal agencies in ensuring minority students are better prepared from the high school to college to career levels.

“That’s how we make America great,” stressed Obama.  “And that’s why we’re pushing… I want all these young people to be getting a higher education from the time they’re born all through the time they get a career.”

Glenn Minnis is a NYC-based sports and culture writer. Follow him on Twitter at @glennnyc.

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