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April 6th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Interracial dating exposes divide between teens and parents

Editor's note: Tune in to "Anderson Cooper 360°" all week for the surprising results of a groundbreaking new study on children and race at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

By Chuck Hadad, CNN

(CNN) - Luke, a white seventh grader, believes his parents would not be supportive if he dated an African-American girl. "Honestly I don't think my parents would be too happy because ... if you marry a black girl, you're connected to their family now," he said, adding, "and who knows what her family is really like?"

Jimmy, a black seventh grader, recounted that after he had several white girlfriends, his parents seemed to interpret it as an affront to his own race. "They said, 'Why not your own kind?' because all my girls have been white," he said, adding, "it's not like they were like, 'You need to choose a black girl,' it's just they were asking me why I like white girls and I was just like, 'there's no ... specific reason.' "

Their stories highlight a divide not between the races, but between the generations. Both teens participated in an Anderson Cooper 360° study on children and race. Many students reported discouragement of interracial dating from their parents, or those of their friends, with reactions ranging from wariness to outright forbiddance.

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  1. Sanjay

    Looks like Chuck Hadad teaches and preaches but does not practice.

    Has Chuck Hadad married black, does he live in black neighborhood? Does he send his kids to black schools?

    All CNN executives need to declare where they on practicing what they preach.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Powerlifter 165

    My parents didn't say anything when I brought home my Pacific Islander girl friend for the first time. I think they were just happy I had a GF. 🙂

    Being from KY my mostly white family has had a few interracial marriages and nobody really seemed to care or say anything, it just isn't a big deal.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave Smith

    I would disown either of my children if they came home with a black boy/girl.

    April 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Future RamaLLama

      Don't worry, I'm sure they wouldn't let you into the White House to see the President, either.

      April 11, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maegan

    I am watching the special report ...the hidden factor, and while I love the anchors, Solidad and Anderson, I wonder if they are the blackest that CNN have to offer. The perspective of a journalist who is so black that they can't past for white anywhere would definitely cause him or her to ask different questions and extract different responses.

    April 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |