Why developing cross-racial friendships matters for kids

Here’s how to diversify your child’s social group.

When classrooms shifted from in-person to virtual last year, chances are many of your child’s friendships didn’t make the trip. Without access to physical classrooms and school playgrounds, many friendships were hard to sustain.

But for children trying to maintain cross-racial friendships, things might’ve been even more challenging.

Despite landmark decisions like Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate education, much of life in the United States—from schools to neighborhoods to churches—remain divided along race lines. In fact, according to the 2019 project Harming our Common Future: America’s Segregated Schools 65 Years after Brown40 percent of Black students attend a school that’s 90 percent Black; most white children attend schools that are 70 percent white.

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