(CNN) – A study from CNN has found that by age 13, a majority of African-American children have a subconscious racial bias against white children.
According to the study, a majority of 6-year-old black children were optimistic about race relations, but as they got older their opinion shifted.
Davionne, a first grader at a majority African-American elementary school, has already formed an opinion on race relations.
When faced with images of black and white children together, Davionne, 6, told a researcher that “They’re not the same color and they can’t play together if they’re not the same color.”
He said that he wouldn’t let a child of a different color be his friend “cause your mom might not want you to play with that friend.”
His mother, Aisha, is a teacher in her son’s school district, and she’s not sure where her son got the idea that she would get upset if he played with kids from different races.
“I’m a little bothered by it,” she said. “Just because I don’t want him to feel I would think that or expect that…. Whoever is his friend is his friend, so I’m not sure why he would feel that way. It just concerns me that he thinks like that.”
Davionne’s father, David, thinks he might have an answer to that question.
“I know for a fact that that’s not my son, as far as the answers he was giving,” he said. “I think he answers the way he thinks people want him to answer.”
The parents will now face the question head on with their son.
“I’m a little concerned,” Aisha said. “Whenever you have something like this, you get to really look at what’s going on, and if you’re already approaching it [interracial relationships] as a pessimistic state, what’s going to happen later?”
The interview is part of an ongoing series by CNN on race relations through the perspective of children. The network’s study found that African-American children had an overall better view of race than their white counterparts.
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