Thursday, February 08, 2007

Growing Up Black

Kiri Davis is a young filmmaker whose high school documentary has left audiences at film festivals across the country stunned -- and has re-ignited a powerful debate over race.

Watch this and weep!



Blogger Kemi said...

Thank you for letting us see this. My daughter has "ethnic" dolls but keeps asking for white dolls. Last time we went out to the shops, she went up to a little girl and said "You're cute because you are white" We laughed at the time but we were not even sure what to read into it.

1:17 pm  
Blogger Jola Naibi said...

Tears stung my eyes when I watched is one of the challenges that we as parents face...raising our children to accept and be proud of who they are and not what society expects them to be or what society finds acceptable. When it comes to issues of race especially they seem so difficult because they are often intractable, like the dolls the little girl who was asked to pick up the doll that looked like her and hesitated. In her mind, she must have been like, well the one that looks like me is not the cute one!
Thanks for sharing

8:23 pm  
Blogger Pilgrimage to Self said...

I found this very upsetting to watch as well. I try as hard as possible to get ethnic dolls and books for my daughter (very difficult to source in this Country. In fact, the black barbie doll I got her I had to bid for on ebay). I think as parents, we have to drum the 'black and proud, black and smart, black is good' mantra into our children and hope for the best.

12:57 pm  
Blogger Fred said...

Self-esteem does little for anyone: majority of those in prison today do not lack self-esteem, on the contrary.

Self-esteem doesn't improve your math scores, doesn't make you read better. In fact, there are many problems that occur when you focus on self-esteem. Buying an "ethnic" doll is not going to stave off anything or make your children "feel" better. How about taking your kids to live in Nigeria, by your logic, that'd be the absolute best thing on earth for them.

This "experiment" is bogus in its results and technique: of course the "white" doll is chosen more often, aesthetically it's more pleasing to a child. How about using Chinese dolls? Would that have made any difference? It's terribly simplistic, overly emotive and a surefire tearjerker, reasons in themselves to doubt any so-called experiment of this sort.

I bet the results would have been different if live babies of different colors were used. Bah! It tells me absolutely nothing except how silly we are.

11:41 pm  

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