CNN’s study and Davis’ replication suggest that Black children still experience bias while preferring light skin. Despite the original test happening approximately 70 years ago, when society was segregated, the outcome did not change (CNN, 2010; Reel Works, 2020). It could mean that the narrative is generational, inherited by children and perpetuated by the community. CNN’s study mentions that the younger and the older groups did not demonstrate differences in stereotyping, and facing reality outside of the family may only strengthen the conviction (CNN, 2010). Thus, it is not surprising that parents sustain the bias they experience themselves, although Black parents attempt to reframe the narrative (CNN, 2010). When a girl hesitates to choose a doll that resembles her after calling it bad-looking, the contradiction between universal standards and one’s Black identity becomes particularly pronounced (Reel Works, 2020). The fact that both studies demonstrate similar results strengthens the conclusion that the trend exists and should be addressed.
Minority group members appear to have self-esteem issues, which are rooted in stereotyping and certain standards. For instance, long straight hair is considered good, while more natural varieties are “kinky” (Reel Works, 2020). Light skin is also more valued, to the point that a darker person may view themselves as ugly and use various creams (Reel Works, 2020). However, lighter-skinned individuals can be ostracized for not being Black enough, which also affects one’s self-esteem (Reel Works, 2020). The issue’s core is that Black people were forcefully estranged from their culture and heritage and had to follow what the white majority told them (Reel Works, 2020). Those standards are still promoted through toys and media, with which children interact, although parents who imply that being “African” is bad are also at fault (Reel Works, 2020). Thus, minority group members have low self-esteem due to their features not being considered good enough, and they are constantly exposed to sources emphasizing the idea.
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Reel Works. (2020). Kiri Davis’ award winning “A Girl Like Me”. YouTube. Web.