Ok, so I was in Walmart the other day shopping for household items. As a ritual...I made my way to the doll section just to look around. I overheard this little girl discussing doll items with her mom. She couldn't have been older than 10yrs old. Anyway, she was going on and on about some of the play-sets she wanted which one of them included the Desire, Nikki, Christie or whatever Mattel is naming this doll. She continued talking about wanting everything in the play-set but she didn't want the "dark" doll. Then she said..."I guess I can play with it I just won't play with the doll." I was SHOCKED! My first thought was...WOW...in almost 2012...they still make kids like that? Then I wondered if that attitude spills over to what kind of friends she chooses? Now, this may come across as mean but I'm an upfront person, so I'm gonna say it. On a daily basis, I pray for more language for my daughter but on this day and at that moment, I was wishing the little girl would just shut up. Words are precious for some so when I hear some of the things that come out of some of these neurotypical children, it just saddens me. Don't misunderstand, I realize she's a child and it's not her fault but the fault of those around her but to me, this was not ok.
Now, I'm from Chicago, Ill and it's been noted as one of the most segregated cities around so if I were on the North Side somewhere shopping (in Chicago) and heard that remark, I wouldn't be surprised. However, I live in San Diego, CA which is one of the biggest melting pots in the US. So, to hear her say that...especially in a VERY neutral area, was just a shame. I think her mom noticed the look on my face because she tried to hurry the little girl out of the aisle. I felt sad because I think of all the little black girls out there who have only a handful of AA dolls to choose from which are constantly subjected to change by the manufacturer while other little girls like her have lots of choices. An example, in my area they stopped selling S.I.S. dolls six months ago. So, now all I see at TRU, Walmart and Target are the Fashionistas and LIV dolls (I'm not a fan of Bratz and the Monster High dolls). My daughter has several different dolls, Caucasian and AA and she plays with all of them at 3yrs old!
Wow, this is a shame. Parents have GOT to do better! Instead of worrying about a tattooed Barbie that wasn't even marketed for children, worry about habits your child may be forming NOW that will affect them in their adult life! Please expose your child to all cultures...ESPECIALLY with their play!
Ok, I'm done. ;)