Dolls And Black Girl's Self-Esteem

Mattel launched their "So in Style" collection of Black dolls this week and immediately questions began swirling about whether the dolls were Black enough, and to what extent they represent the diversity of the Black community. Race, self-esteem and doll selection have been inextricably linked since the "doll tests" conducted by Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark in the 1940s. But how much does the complexion of a child's doll actually affect her self-esteem?


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