Here's What Happens When You Put A Few Little Kids In A Room With 2 Dolls In 2 Different Colors

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A child in a room with two dolls: one light-skinned, the other dark-skinned. A researcher asking questions. The answers may shock you, but should they really?

We know that discrimination and racial stereotypes are still pervasive. What surprised me most about this, though, was that such young children are criticizing their own skin colors so very innocently. What do you think?

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Slide 1: This video was made as part of the campaign: “Racism in Mexico.”

It was an experiment with children, replicating the experiment designed by Kenneth and Mamie Clark in the '30s in the U.S.

Here we show part of the results that reflect the responses of the majority of the children that were interviewed for this investigation.

The video was produced in a space of trust and the children answered with complete freedom.

Slide 2: Given the complexity of the issue, a workshop on racism was held with the children and their families to create a space for reflection and contention of the emotions that were generated.

The parents and families gave their consent for this video to raise awareness about racism.

Absolute respect is given to the children that participated as these are not an isolated case but a reflection on our society, where racism is transmitted and reproduced culturally.

Slide 3: Finally, we note that we could not get a doll with these features in toy stores in Mexico City.

In fact, a black doll was repainted to a skin tone a little bit lighter and the blue eyes changed to brown eyes.

Slide 4: For a racism-free society.

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Kenneth and Mamie Clark first developed this experiment in 1939, and it was later used as evidence to desegregate schools in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. It’s been replicated a few times since, and we covered one of those replications on Upworthy. This one was part of the Mexican anti-racism campaign “Racismo en Mexico,” and the video was produced to show the deeply rooted problems that society faces. Unfortunately, those problems seem to be pretty much universal. If you want to help raise awareness and stop this cycle of passing prejudices on to younger generations, go ahead and share this.

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