Standing up to discrimination is not as “easy” as it looks (Video)
Would your child or teen be able to stand up to someone who is making racist or stereotypical comments? Most people would like to think they or their kids “would do the right thing” if they were in a real-life situation. It turns out it’s not that easy, as a new Dateline show which airs Sunday, “My Kid Would Never Do That,” demonstrates.
“I must say, it did hurt when some teens said I wasn’t ‘American’ because of the way I dressed or because of my accent,” says Nick Rodríguez, a college student and aspiring theater major who posed as a Latino singer in the Dateline episode.
In one of the show’s segments, Dateline correspondent Natalie Morales asked teens to be ‘judges’ on a singing competition called “Oh Say Can You Sing.” What the teens did not know, however, is that Dateline had talked to the teen’s parents ahead of time, and the show was really an experiment on what kids would do if someone around them used racism and stereotyping to judge someone.
The teens heard a few singers, and the only one who performed perfectly was the ‘Latino’ singer, Nicholas Rodríguez. All the other ones made major mistakes, like singing out of tune or forgetting the words. But Nick, who in real life was born and raised in New Jersey and has absolutely no accent, was told by the producers to put on a Spanish accent and dress in a more ‘hip-hop’ style with baggy jeans and a cap.
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