Audiences watching a new TV show from Channel 4 noticed an interesting pattern in how the children were treated.
The School that Tried to End Racism is a new documentary TV series from Channel 4 which focuses on a school in south London called Glenthorne high school. Half of the students are white, while just under 50 percent are BAME.
The three-part series focuses on a three-week programme in the school to tackle unconscious bias, which involves 24 students from year 7 doing various exercises in groups and having uncomfortable discussions.
The programme was first developed in the US, and is now being trialled in this school in the UK.
After the second episode aired last night, viewers on social media noticed an interesting pattern emerging from the show.
They pointed out that for many of the children who weren’t white, the idea that racism existed and affected their lives wasn’t new.
And many of the children who were whitewere learning about some of the concepts involved for the first time.
Some of the year 7 pupils even said that they don’t “see race” and that skin color doesn’t matter. Others got visibly upset when they were having conversations with other pupils about race.
People also pointed out that for some children, they didn’t really have a choice about whether or not they learned about racism, and that many of them had internalised racist ideas without realising it – such as a young mixed race girl who said that she didn't believe she was beautiful because she never saw anybody like herself on the cover of magazines or in TV shows.
While the children participating in the programme may have been having uncomfortable conversations, viewers also pointed out that they were only around eleven years old and waking up to the reality of racism – something which many adults are still struggling to do.