Thursday

Black Girl Wants White Doll: What Would You Do?

I saw this posted by the SistahChick on Facebook and thought it was interesting.


Watch video HERE (short video) and HERE (full video, also shows a white girl wanting a black doll). Read full story HERE.

Thoughts?

via ABC News:


A landmark study from the 1940s, conducted by psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark, showed that 63 percent of African-American children surveyed preferred playing with white dolls over black dolls. They displayed a poignant disconnect from dolls of their own skin color and assigned negative connotations to the darker-skinned dolls. It was a stark reflection of the times, and was later used to support desegregation inBrown v. Board of Education, helping spur the changes of the last fifty years.

Fast forward to 2011, when forced segregation is but a distant memory and our biracial president challenges old notions of racial identity. What happens when an African-American child chooses a white doll and her caretaker admonishes her, refusing to allow her to play with it and insisting she play with one that is African-American? What if the situation is reversed and a Caucasian child is forbidden from playing with an African-American doll? Will anyone intervene?