The Derner Institute Professor commented on millennials' concerns about race and discrimination.

Kirkland Vaughans book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents

Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D., senior adjunct faculty member, coauthored “The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents.”

What do U.S. teenagers think of life today?

The answers may surprise you.

Newsweek recently polled thousands of teenagers about their views on a range of issues—politics, race relations, sex, health and pop culture among them.

The survey revealed that an overwhelming majority—82 percent—thought that racial discrimination would be a problem for their generation.

In the article “What Do American Teens Want? Less Racism” Newsweek‘s, Abigail Jones explored this finding.

Among the experts she consulted was Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D., a senior adjunct faculty member in the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and a co-author of The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents

Dr. Vaughans touched on the contrast between growing up in the 1960s versus growing up in the new millennium and how racial issues come into play.

“Back in the ’60s, we had black poverty, but we also had black jobs,” says Vaughans, “Joblessness has grown, and the criminal-industrial complex has grown.”

Read more of his Newsweek interview.

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