I am an 80s baby. Growing up I hardly ever saw dolls that looked like me and when we did it was like snatch them up now because I swear they only made 1 for all the little black girls of the world.
It was until I was in high school that Black barbies who weren’t apart of a special collections, not a Barbie at all (they came out as Barbies friends) and actually were more than a white Barbie in black face came out. Okay maybe THAT was a bit harsh but you catch my drift.
It was during that time that I asked my parents, who had been buying me Barbies for years anyway, to specifically buy me the Black Holiday Collection Barbie. I have over 25 holiday Collection Black Barbies in my Collection, I missed some years but I am determined to get them. My parents passed the torch to my husband who got me this one for Valentines Day so I had 2017 :-)
I reposted this video on my Facebook and while I am aghast that someone would dare ask a child this...it caused me to wonder if this would have been asked of a black child? Would you have been able to say that there are plenty of dolls back there that look like you?! Probably not! It’s hard to find a black doll especially if you don’t live in a “black area” or where “we” are supposed to live…and I won’t even comment on the crappy makeup selection...this blog is NOT about that lol.
I love that this little beautiful didn’t see color when she picked up this doll. She just knew she was a doctor, was pretty and that she wanted it! Another huge round of applause to her mother who NEVER questioned it!
Our journey for equality and equal representation is far from over but beautiful acts like this that this little girl displayed give me hope.
Now I’m off to write a stern letter to Target about this very RUDE employee….