Race is just one of many identities that can be used to identify an individual around the world. It is an information that most people are familiar with, but many adults aren’t aware or have any idea of what it means. The purpose of the study was therefore to assess the knowledge and views of an adult sample of men and women from varying ages on race.
To gauge knowledge about the subject, twenty people were interviewed. Researchers randomly selected the subjects. They estimated their age based upon their physical appearance and then determined their genders using their clothing and physique. Next, the researcher would briefly inform the participant about the purpose of the study and explain its goals. The interview took approximately three minutes. For further research, the researcher recorded the findings in a notebook.
These are the results
There were 8 females and 12 men among the interviewees. Eight respondents were between 18-25 years old, eight between 26-45 and forty-five and two respondents over 45. Between the ages 18-25, seven out of eight people correctly identified the race of their respondents based on skin color, eye shape, color and hair color. Between 26-45, four of the eight respondents would identify their race solely based upon skin color. Two older people would not distinguish black from white when it came to defining their race.
According to this research, different age groups hold significantly differing views about race. These differences could be classified as generational. The senior generation Z members between 18-25 years old are more aware of concepts such as race and factors that determine racial categories. Generation Y’s participants aged 26 to 45 see race in terms if they have different skin colours. Two of the older participants are Generation X and consider whites and blacks to be two distinct races.