Commentary: Children And Race; Not Child's Play

When my daughter was 5, (she is now 22), we happily marched into a national toy chain to look at dolls. As we gazed at the towering rows of brown, black, and white dolls, I naturally put my hand on a stunning brown doll. My daughter looked at me like I had lost my mind, and picked up a white doll saying, "Uh,uh, I want this one. She's prettier". I was crushed. As I put her doll back and held up my choice of a brown doll to my brown skin, I said, 'Oh no, see her skin is beautiful and  brown, just like Mommy's". Without any drama, she said okay, and I only bought her brown dolls from that point on. Clearly, there are some issues that never change.


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