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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  4. (Farakan come out recently and said that Django was to help prepare people for the up comeing race war.) —– protect this nation from enemies foriegn and DOMISTIC. How many of us have taken this government oath. I have and so has my boss, the president of the United States. I hope they have eyes on Farakan and his followers.

  5. This is a no brainer. A little pride in ones self is healthy. Just like negativity is unhealthy. However it is a fine line between racial pride and promoting racial mistrust. Remember these are children. They are absorb and they all come to us as blank slates.
    Also this study was done by a university. Think of all the other great studies universities have brought us. Depending on who is paying or who is conducting the study will decide the outcome. They should do a study on studies. This recalls my recolection to a recent university study that found that phedophilia is a sexual orintation and not a mental illness. And that some children would benefit from being in a mutual consentual relationship. —–I have no faith in university studies.
    My two cents. There is nothing wrong with a child or person being white or black to be proud of where they come from and what their ancestors have accomplished.What we need to do now is instill that same sense of accomplishment of American history and bring everyone together to strenghthen this country.
    And before you point out the darker side of American History. Remember that we are to learn from history as not to make the same mistakes twice. We are also to improve our selfs and continue to grow using Christ life as a pattern. I frimly believe that 99% of racism today could be solved my promoting American exeptionalism instead of racial superiority. If you don’t believe me just look to history. Look at what racial superiority did to the whites in the KKK, or skin heads and the blacks in the New Black Panther Party or Nation of Islam. It brings out the worst in us. Pure evil.

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