My Kid Would Never Discriminate! Are You Sure?

In the last of her "My Kid Would Never" series for Dateline, Natalie Morales shows us how teens reacted when they were unknowingly confronted with racial, religious and ethnic discrimination while their parents watched via hidden camera!

I remember something my six-year-old said recently (although I can’t quite remember what prompted it!) She told her younger sister that it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, what you look like. We’re all the same, she said in her big sister way. Of course, I beamed. What more could you want than for your child to be open, respectful – to not discriminate.

But will she think the same way when she’s a tween or a teen? When she faces peer pressure? Those are some of the questions I have after learning about a special Dateline segment, airing this Sunday, May 6th at 7 p.m. EST on NBC, reported by the fabulous Natalie Morales of Today.

In an interview, Natalie gave us a glimpse of what we can expect from her report – how teens are unknowingly confronted with racial, religious and ethnic discrimination and how their parents watch what they do on hidden camera. Will they make decisions based on the color of someone’s skin or someone’s religion? Will they stand up to discrimination when they see it?

Watch here to find out what Natalie learned – and what she thinks we all can do to teach our kids to treat everyone equally.


At a time, as Natalie said, of the alleged profiling in the Trayvon Martin case and when the diversity of our communities is growing faster than tolerance, the special is important viewing for parents and children – even for kids as young as my own who are making all the right decisions now. The key is making sure they make those same great decisions when it’s not just Mom listening to what they say but a group of friends or classmates they might be afraid of going up against.

So tune in this Sunday, May 6th for the special Dateline special. And if you missed the previous “My Kid Would Never” reports on Dateline, I really urge you to check them out. You can learn more about Natalie’s report on stranger danger here where she put her own son to a hidden camera test and another of her reports on the dangers of distracted driving.

Bravo Natalie and the rest of the “Mommy Squad” – a team of Dateline producers committed to doing segments to benefit parents and their kids.  

Kelly Wallace, a mom of two, is Chief Correspondent of iVillage. Follow Kelly on Twitter (@kellywallacetv).

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