Since the not-guilty verdict was reached in the case against George Zimmernman, the man accused of shooting unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death, the issue of racism, an already hot-button topic in America, has heated to molten levels. During recent debates on cable news outlets and social media forums, it’s become apparent that there are many who think racism is all but dead in the United States because, after all, we don’t make anyone sit on the back of the bus or drink from separate water fountains. What we can’t seem to get people who confuse the end of overt, systematic racism with the end of ALL racism is that there are very real nuances of prejudice and very real, potentially catastrophic, repercussions of those nuances.
Take for example this sweet little girl. If you’ve never seen anything like this, we assure you the evidence is out there in droves. The so-called “Doll Test” has been repeated time and time again with similar results: kids, regardless of their own race, routinely associate positive characteristics with lighter skin colors and negative characteristics with darker ones.
What we want everyone to think about is this; if kids think they’re automatically bad, ugly and a myriad of other unfavorable traits based solely on the color of their skin, how does that affect their attitudes and behavior long-term?
DISCLAIMER: This video, which is a clip from an MSNBC documentary called “A Conversation About Race” from 2008, is not meant to be taken as “proof” of anything, but rather to serve as a catalyst for our readers to conduct their own research, engage in meaningful conversation and think about racism on a deeper level.
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