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YOUNGSTERS LEARN STEREOTYPES AT HOME, PLAIN DEALER SERIES REPORTS

 CLEVELAND, Nov. 28 ~PRNewswire~ -- Most Northeastern Ohio youngsters don't interact with children of other races. But that doesn't prevent children, when asked, from blindly repeating racial stereotypes. The explanation is not mysterious according to The Plain Dealer. Experts and teachers say children get their first and most formative impressions from home.
 In a series of stories that resumes Nov. 29, The Plain Dealer explores the origins of racial stereotypes and offers some suggestions on how parents and schools can alleviate them.
 The series also examines the workplace -- one of the few areas where people of different races come together. Using research and the voices of Greater Clevelanders, the series -- "Race: Attitudes Divide Us" -- also focuses on how political leadership has helped some blacks progress and how race has been made an issue in some political campaigns.
 The series is a result of a seven-month effort involving more than two dozen Plain Dealer professionals, from reporters and editors to researchers, photographers, and artists.
 A major element of the research was a telephone poll of more than 1,300 Greater Clevelanders, which examined their attitudes toward race through a series of carefully worded questions. Hundreds more people were interviewed for the series.
 The Plain Dealer began its reporting and research last spring, prompted partly by the riots in Los Angeles following the verdict in the Rodney King beating case, and partly by concerns about racial attitudes expressed by local residents and community leaders.
 Stories will appear Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 1, 2, 6 and 7.
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 ~CONTACT: William C. Barnard of The Plain Dealer, 216-344-4242, or 216-321-3916~


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