Little black girls

abbie By abbie, 3rd May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A quick observation on race, and our girls. What message a simple doll carries.

Dropping the ball

This is 2013 isn't it? I admitt that I have to sometimes check the caledar. We did just elect a black president-again? Ok, just checking.
I found myself asking these questions, just the other day. A normal Monday morning here in the city. Warm, and after a weekend of rain, clear blue. Amazing! Then it struck me, well not exactly like that; but close enough.
A father and two children, one of each I think, just walking down the street. Again nothing especially remarkable, there was no drama trailing them, they weren't loaded down by bags, so what was it that caused this normal scence to stand up and slap me across my suddenly exposed nerves?
The little girl was clinging to a white doll! Oh, the horror!
When my two girls were younger, still in that baby doll stage, I searched for the popular televised dolls that looked like us. Now, that search is easier, not that I'm looking. They are hard to miss these days. No longer are stores just ordering a few, as I had been told when I asked once out of pure fustration, somehow even the toy industry had caught up to our current reality.
So, I asked myself, why is this pretty black baby clinging to this stiff blond piece of plastic?
Perhaps there was no one to tell her she is beautiful, just as beautiful and worthy to be carried, clung to and loved as what is on TV.

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Children, Families, Race, Toys

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Born and raised in the Midwest; poet, mother wife

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th May 2013 (#)

Profound,Abbie, a very relevant thought - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Your profound voice abbie has a way of resonating in the heart. ...so very glad I found your pages...thanks again abbie- I will be reading...!

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author avatar abbie
4th Apr 2014 (#)

thanks again for reading

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