Watch 9 kids demonstrate why grown-ups need to stop asking, 'Is race still a factor?'

Prepare to get schooled, y'all. By a bunch of 12-year-olds.

WNYC asked a group of 12-year-olds from diverse backgrounds to share their thoughts on race.

They may only be kids, but there's something scarily familiar about what they had to say.

They still deal with mean-spirited stereotypes.

They can be othered and ostracized...

...and treated with mistrust.

Sometimes race can make them fear for their safety.

And no matter their own identity, they're all sensitive to how a person's race can make their life more or less difficult.

Sure, as kids, they make mistakes. But they're realizing the importance of their roles as individuals in ending racism.

Now ask yourself: Is race still a factor in the America you know?

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images.

When you look at the stories that dominated national news over the last year, it seems silly to ask.

But a December 2014 poll by Pew Research Center asked 1,507 adults to rate the degree to which they believe race played a role in the decisions not to charge the police officers who killed Eric Garner and Mike Brown.

The results were mixed:

But something not-so-shockingly clear is that white adults and black adults saw very different stories unfold, with blacks being far more likely than whites to consider race a factor in the outcomes.

Alice Speri of Vice News raises a question that can lead us closer to the heart of the issue:

Can America really be a post-racial society when nearly half of the country — including almost everyone who's not white — considers itself to be living in a racist one?

Instead of dismissing the gridlock of public opinion as a fact of life, maybe we should look to kids, becausechildren are usually a good barometer of how healthy a society is.

When a group of 12-year-olds this diverse can easily identify ways that racial and ethnic identity play out negatively in their lives, maybe the question shouldn't be, "Is race still a factor?" Perhaps we should be asking, "What do you think, kids?"

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19

It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.

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