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I got the first Black Barbie for Christmas when I was 5. [Saturday, Feb. 27th, 2010|03:01 pm]
The richest girl in town.
More than 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education, 40 years after "Black is Beautiful," a young woman made this film and conducted the same doll experiment that led to the overturning of de jure school segregation. The results are depressing.



I saw this film when it first appeared on Youtube a couple of years ago, but it's being brought to you now thanks to a, uh, disagreement elsewhere on LJ about whether or not Black parents who exclusively buy Black dolls for their children are "racist." (This nitwit's ignorance must be physically painful for her, because it's giving me a headache.)
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[User Picture]From: la_vie_noire
2010-02-27 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh God, she insisted on that shit? I couldn't bring myself to keep reading her, much less writing to her.
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[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2010-02-27 11:28 pm (UTC)
I don't even want to know, do I?
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2010-02-28 01:15 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2010-02-28 01:34 am (UTC)
It burns.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2010-02-28 02:18 am (UTC)
Almost like something I set on fire with my mind.
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[User Picture]From: tristan_crane
2010-02-28 02:37 am (UTC)

Oh dear god, I looked.

Not only are those people made completely of fail, their taste in icon's is abhorrent.

Thank you for posting that film, I hadn't seen it.



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[User Picture]From: raychoo
2010-02-28 05:03 am (UTC)

Re: Oh dear god, I looked.

The obliviousness, it burns. Like a rash. AUIGH.

Thank you for posting the video.

Also reminded me of this, just in case you haven't seen it:
http://nerdsevolving.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-black-women-were-white-women.html
"What if suddenly, instantly, the power of white femininity were transferred to black women?"
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[User Picture]From: marialuminous
2010-02-28 07:32 am (UTC)

Re: Oh dear god, I looked.

Yes, her cluelessness was PAINFUL!

And I read that article a few months ago, and it was very thought-provoking. Thanks for linking to it. It was good to read again.
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[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2010-02-28 07:22 am (UTC)
Can we toast marshmallows?
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[User Picture]From: sparklydevil
2010-02-28 01:46 am (UTC)
Damn.

Maybe if she keeps banging her head into that desk she'll knock herself unconscious and stop posting?
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2010-02-28 02:17 am (UTC)
That may have happened, but now another has joined in who has a white friend with bad self-esteem from growing up in a black neighborhood, donchaknow.
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From: delux_vivens
2010-03-01 12:07 am (UTC)
not looking!
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[User Picture]From: sparkymonster
2010-02-28 12:23 am (UTC)
I vividly remember getting that first black barbie and being entranced. I loved the fro and afro pick.

I hate watching that video because it's so heart breaking.
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[User Picture]From: joethelionn
2010-02-28 09:08 am (UTC)
Completely off topic but:

Holy shit-best icon I've seen in awhile.
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[User Picture]From: sparkymonster
2010-02-28 05:42 pm (UTC)
I do love it!
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[User Picture]From: la_biscuit
2010-02-28 01:09 am (UTC)
The little girl in the Powerpuff Girls hoodie breaks my heart.
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[User Picture]From: jetspeaks
2010-02-28 04:01 am (UTC)
Was that the "show me which doll is bad" one? :(
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[User Picture]From: la_biscuit
2010-02-28 06:53 am (UTC)
That was the one. The look on her face just killed me dead. :(
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[User Picture]From: joethelionn
2010-02-28 09:07 am (UTC)
Incredible heart-wrenching video. Thanks.

And holy crap I can't believe you lasted that long with the commenters-I'd rather drive a railroad spike through my palm with my forehead.
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[User Picture]From: fa_ikaika
2010-02-28 05:53 pm (UTC)
Special Snowflakes of teh Internet! Let me show them to you.
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From: elusis
2010-03-01 07:40 am (UTC)
What a fucking idiot.

It was not so very long ago when my stepfather tried to bar my little sister from taking her black Cabbage Patch Kid to visit his mother's house in Atlanta.

I always think of the scene in "White Man's Burden" when John Travolta takes his son shopping for a toy for his birthday and the son rejects the white action figure for the black "Power Man" after watching black authority figures on TV all day. The mirror-world is the only way for some people's lightbulbs to turn on.
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