Research demonstrates that children growing up in the U.S. today have fewer opportunities to play than their parents. That lack of opportunity is further exacerbated for black children, according to an article published by Clemson University researchers in Leisure Sciences, an interdisciplinary journal.
The authors of the article, Dr. Harrison Pinckney and Dr. Corliss Outley, faculty members in Clemson’s parks, recreation and tourism management department, were keynote speakers at the Children at Play Network’s Seed for Urban Play conference in November 2019. Pinckney and Outley argue that black youth face challenges that shape where they play, who they play with and how they engage in recreational activities. The article emphasizes the significant role that racial profiling has on creating a sense of danger associated with participating in recreational activities in public spaces. Learn more about their work here: