This week, CNN is going in-depth as part of the AC360 special "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture." Soledad teamed up with Anderson for the project, talking to some children who had some provocative opinions on race.
This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Soledad profiles Davionne, a 6-year-old African-American boy who struck researchers with his overwhelmingly negative opinions on interracial friendships.
There was no question about how he felt on mixed friendships. He told the tester that kids cant play together if theyre not the same color.
"Why cant you play together if you dont have the same skin?" the tester asks.
"Cause your mom might not want you to play with that friend," Davionne replies.
Davionne consistently alluded to a 'mom' not wanting a child to play with another child of a different race. Soledad sat down with his parents while they watched his test. His mom, who is a teacher, said his answers weren't lining up with the lessons shes tried to teach him.
She said she doesn't talk much to Davionne about race, but she did emphasize to her son that he should treat people the way he wants to be treated. Both parents said that he might have just been giving answers he thought they wanted to hear. His mom said he is a very pleasing child, but it still begs the question as to what would make a 6-year-old boy so pessimistic about interracial friendships.
See the segment in full above.