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Americans have such a long and muddled history with racism that we sometimes forget that racism isn’t intrinsic to the U.S. Even though racists in America have willfully marginalized blacks, America is certainly not the only area of the world where blacks face discrimination.
A recent study on how British children feel about their plight was so troubling that film director Steve McQueen sounded the alarm.
The Guardian reports that McQueen was upset over a statistic which found that 21 percent of black kids felt their skin color would make it harder for them to reach their goals, compared with just 2% of white children and 13% of Asians.
The black children included in the 1,600 kids polled also felt that their race would impact how they were viewed by others as well, with less than 40 percent of black children believing that their teachers would describe them as clever, compared to 46 percent of white children.
McQueen, director of the blockbuster “12 Years a Slave”, shared with BBC his thoughts on the study.
“When I was at school myself there was this situation where black children were not deemed as intelligent or deemed to be able to go on to do anything of any real purpose. The circle has to be broken, it’s upsetting to think that it hasn’t,” observed McQueen.
“It’s about belief, filling peoples lungs with ambition and possibilities, when you narrow people’s possibilities then they become narrow, when you widen their possibilities they become open and giving them the idea that things are possible, because it’s the truth.”
The real question may be whether you can rid society of the discrimination that blacks face, not whether kids should have a sunny attitude about it. What do you think?