Thursday, 27 May 2010

Anderson Cooper

I was recently reading an article on CNN about Anderson Cooper's new project on racism where he studied kids across America and how they react to different skin colors. The video clip that I watched showed how a white kid attributes all good qualities to a picture of a girl with lighter skin and all bad qualities with the picture of the kid with darker skin. What set me thinking was the fact that the kid's face was not blurred out as is generally done with any controversial interview or news item. It is literally shocking that this girl will have to grow up with the stigma of being a racist when she probably doesn't even know how to spell it. I mean is it fair ? After all don't we all learn good manners, morals, values as we grow up, in schools and at home. Isn't being racially tolerant something we learn as we grow and not something we have in us from birth. Maybe the kid could have or should have been taught earlier but wasn't protecting her identity important? Or maybe airing a sensational news program which would definitely touch a nerve is more beneficial. At times like this I wonder if the freedom of the press is justified.

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