Goff: It Matters That Angelina Jolie’s White Child Plays with Black Dolls

Keli Goff, The Root, November 26, 2013

Angelina Jolie is known for her unconventional family, which includes three biological children with longtime partner Brad Pitt and adopted children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. {snip}

{snip} A recent photo of the Jolie-Pitt kids seems to reinforce that Jolie and Pitt may be more conscious of racial and cultural diversity than the average parent. The widely published photo captured the couple’s biological daughter Vivienne carrying a black doll with short, tightly curled hair. This may not seem like a big deal but it is.

Dolls have long been a source of angst when it comes to the self-esteem of girls, particularly young girls of color. The role of dolls in serving as symbols of beauty, racial stereotypes and racism is so significant that dolls played a key role in one of America’s landmark civil rights cases, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

Psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark conducted experiments with black children, who were asked questions regarding which doll was bad or ugly and given an option between a black doll and white doll. Most children associated positive qualities with the white doll, and 63 percent preferred playing with the white doll, leading the Clarks to conclude that black children “indicate a clear-cut preference for white and some of them evidence emotional conflict when requested to indicate a color preference. It is clear that the Negro child, by the age of 5, is aware of the fact that to be colored in contemporary American society is a mark of inferior status. A child accepts as early as 6, 7 or 8 the negative stereotypes about his own group.” Six decades later the experiment was revisited. When 19 black children, ranging from age 5 to 9, were asked which doll was nice, according to Good Morning America, “Sixty years ago, 56 percent of the children chose the white doll. The majority of our kids chose black or both and 32 percent chose the white doll,” an improvement, or so it seemed.

According to those administering the experiment, however, some of the black girls still struggled to see positive qualities in the black dolls. “Second-grader Jamya Atkins, 7, picked the white doll as soon as she sat down and before the questions began. She said the white doll was shiny and the black doll was frowning.

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When asked about Jolie’s daughter playing with a black doll and whether it is culturally significant, Jeff Gardere, a psychologist who has treated children, said that black children playing with white dolls can have a negative impact on their self-esteem, but when it comes to white children playing with black dolls, “I think that’s an amazing thing, because it has an opposite effect.”

He explained that “white is still considered to be a preferential color and preferential status in our society, so to put a white doll with a black child will have a negative impact for most black children but to put a black doll for a white child might make that white child more sympathetic to or more open to having a black person in their lives and loving and respecting black people.” He concluded, “I think it’s a courageous thing Jolie has done. I’d like to see more of that happening.”

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  • David Brims

    If you saw some white woman walking down the street, with a little African kid, a Chinese kid, an Arab kid, an Indian kid and a Eskimo kid, a mini United Nations, you would say to yourself, that woman’s nuts, but because Angelina Jolie is a ”famous ” movie star, it’s accepted as normal behaviour !! when in fact it’s not normal at all. Why doesn’t she adopt some white kids ?

    • CourtneyfromAlabama

      Why doesn’t her husband/partner put his foot down, or is he going along with it also?

      • Garrett Brown

        Oh he loves it. Couldn’t be happier with his African daughter.

        “If everyone would calm down and look at it, they would see that, socialism really isn’t that bad” -Brad Pitt.

        As an actor, he’s great. As anything else, I would advise to stay away.

        He’s cooky.

        • Nathanwartooth

          If you were insanely rich and told by everyone you met how awesome you are, you would be insane too!

          I think it takes a really strong person to not be heavily influenced by yes men and millions of dollars.

    • Anon

      To be fair, Angelina Jolie was nuts long before this issue with her kids. Brad Pitt is just some guy. Her main sexual partner is her brother.

      • Nice Guy

        Tell me more!

      • Katherine McChesney

        I saw their incestuous kiss during an awards show years ago when I had a television. It was sickening.

    • willbest

      I think if you knew about the way adoption works it makes sense. You can essentially buy an African baby where other babies require substantially more time commitment.

    • Paleoconn

      It boggles the mind how the media pretend that we are to learn morality from a group as dysfunctional and subversive as these Hollywood nuts. But I guess some sheeple do look to show biz for guidance, to wit the success of Oprah amid middle and upper class White women.

    • Thor Bonham

      Because like all libtards, they hate the color of their own skin ..

      • With all those trashy tattoos, Angelina Jolie certainly seems in a hurry to remedy her whiteness.

  • [Guest]

    I, for one, don’t “struggle to see positive qualities” in the black dolls. I do, however, recognize a lot of dysfunction among the black race.

    I probably shouldn’t expect a dinner invite from Angelina Jolie and her partner.

  • Jefferson

    “Jeff Gardere, a psychologist who has treated children, said that black
    children playing with white dolls can have a negative impact on their
    self-esteem, but when it comes to white children playing with black
    dolls, “I think that’s an amazing thing, because it has an opposite
    effect.”

    This looks like it came straight out of The Onion. It sounds like a parody of guilt ridden White liberals.

    But sadly this is real, this is very real.

    • Allan477

      Jeff Gardere is your typical, racist Black.

    • 48224

      “but when it comes to white children playing with black
      dolls, “I think that’s an amazing thing, because it has an opposite
      effect.””
      For sure. I have long believed that liberals believe that kissing black arse somehow makes them “smarter” than the rest of us.

  • sbuffalonative

    Let’s see.

    Black girls have long been naturally drawn to white dolls but white girls have to be forced to play with black dolls.

    • John R

      “….and it is better for black children to have black dolls because they can relate to them and it will enhance their self esteem, and it is better for white children to play with black dolls because, uhhh, ummm, they will learn to be sympathetic, and it, uhhh, really wouldn’t harm their self esteem because we all know white people are better, uhhh, what I mean is that it wouldn’t be so bad because…” WHAT BS!!!

    • M.

      Haha yeah, there’s just no way you could put a good spin on that!

    • Katherine McChesney

      I’ve never understood black dolls. They are made from the same mold as White dolls with coloring thrown in for skin color. Absent are the usual features, the flat nose, etc. They’re quite unattractive.

  • guest

    People really shouldn’t take the lifestyles and political views of liberal celebrities so seriously when they’re all just puppets for the left-wing media. The only way to make it into showbiz anymore is to sell your soul to far-left politics. Talent barely has any place in it now, if at all.

    • CourtneyfromAlabama

      I agree. I think people in this movement draw false conclusions about our people based on how celebrities behave. I find it very disturbing. We should know better.

      It is sad, however, that so many whites have to have these people (in Hollywood) as role models. That right there is what is sad and scary.

      • Ella

        Celebrities supposed to support the elite’s message. It’s hard to take them seriously since they are just actors and actresses. Many come from the modelling industry. I did check the royalty web-pages of Europe out of curiosity, and a handful of “nobles” or royals are also marrying nonwhite.

    • sbuffalonative

      I don’t take them seriously but people in the general community do or are at least influenced by their opinions and behavior.

      We need to be aware of what celebrities are saying, doing, and promoting.

    • Alexandra1973

      Screw ’em. Celebrities just get paid to play make-believe. They’re overrated in my opinion.

      • guest

        Right. They get paid to pretend to actually care about left-wing issues to secure their careers while living in the security of their homes in La-La Land. That’s why their lifestyles and political opinions should be of no priority to American citizens who live normal lives.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Considering that they are controlled by Freemasons and Jesuits (Colbert has one) celebrities are required to choose which ’causes’ they support. There’s probably some kind of write-off they receive for their involvement.

  • JohnEngelman

    Psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark conducted experiments with black children, who were asked questions regarding which doll was bad or ugly and given an option between a black doll and white doll. Most children associated positive qualities with the white doll, and 63 percent preferred playing with the white doll, leading the Clarks to conclude that black children “indicate a clear-cut preference for white and some of them evidence emotional conflict when requested to indicate a color preference.

    – Keli Goff, The Root, November 26, 2013

    I have read, probably on this website, that black girls attending integrated schools, were more likely to choose white dolls. This was attributed to the likelihood that they could see that the white children were more intelligent than they were.

  • dubyasee

    Angelina Jolie is a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her celebrity is there to reinforce the attractiveness of participating in the destruction of the European race/culture.

    • willbest

      Huh? She chose a European to father her biological children.

  • Spartacus

    If 99% of all White girls would’ve chosen black dolls, the “scientists” would’ve said “Well, 1% of all little White girls are still naziswhowanttokillsixmillionjews, so we still have a long way ahead of us…” .

  • 48224

    THEY MAY PLAY WITH BLACK DOLLS BUT YOU CAN BET THEY DON’T LIVE IN A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD! Now how open-minded art thou?

  • bigone4u

    Dr. Jeff Gardere is “America’s Psychologist,” seen all the time on the cable news networks, usually dispensing relationship advice to women. He’s the same guy who had to apologize to the gay lobby for saying that a gay child is every parent’s worst nightmare. How dare he blame white dolls for screwing up black children? He owes an apology to white dolls, but of course they don’t have the political clout of the gay lobby.

    • Kolovrat

      Looks like he has identity and self esteem issues of his own…

  • APaige

    If only blacks were more concerned about their families as they are about dolls-and hair.

  • Luca

    The uber-elite of Hollywood doing something ridiculous, again, so the ignorant masses can emulate them and the liberal media can fawn all over them.

    Next up, Brad and Angie will have multiple, multi-racial. bisexual spouses and they’ll be parading down the street with them too.

    Liberalism knows no bounds.

    • willbest

      You mean letting her 5 year old play with a doll the 8 year old no longer has an interest in?

  • Chip Carver

    More proof that a collapse will eventually hit. Something as artificial as contemporary American society cannot last.

  • Paul

    Amazing, the only time blacks get something right, like choosing the better doll, they are told they are wrong.

  • Kolovrat

    To some extent I actually feel sorry for that little black girl, placed in a strange home with people who look and act nothing like her, and treat as a diverse commodity. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemies.

    • pcmustgo

      Blacks (and growing numbers of other non-whites) hate inter-racial adoption because it reminds them of the power structure- of the fact that whites, worldwide, are much more likely to be wealthy and in the position to adopt. And that the world is full of non-white babies to adopt, but white babies are much more rare- and therefore expensive.

  • Greg Thomas

    It only matters if you are a black racist. When Angelina Jolie is held as a beacon of inspiration in the first sentence, ( sorry, second sentence) it is time to stop reading.

  • Who Me?

    I hope the author isn’t counting too much on the black doll’s influence. The Pitt/Jolie mess will start discovering the “joys” of diversity soon enough unless they’re very lucky. For the record, I had a black doll when I was little, and look where I am now–AmRen!

    • Katherine McChesney

      I had a tiny Indian doll when I was young. I purchased it as a souvenir from the Smokey Mountains to add to my collection. But, as they were the parents they should be my Mother and Father would have NEVER allowed a black doll in their house.

      • I have a daughter, and I certainly wouldn’t. The notion that blacks and people are equals should be assiduously discouraged in young, impressionable children, especially girls.

  • RHG

    I think it would be excellent for all the metrosexual American males to see this goof playing with dolls…don’t matter if they are black or white. Maybe he can make video and put it on Youtube for the world to see as an example as to what all us men should espire to be.You go boy!!

  • NYB

    Because of the brainwashing of the last half century, some whites automatically attach positive feelings to other races and cultures they know little about.

    Children who get their values from popular culture are susceptible to the ‘noble savage’ myth and the ‘white guilt’ myth.

    It starts in the cradle. Rather than think average children make choices derived of untainted gut feelings, by the time they can walk and talk they’ve already been thoroughly exposed to the rewards and punishments system of P.C. thought control.

  • KingKenton

    So a black girl playing with a white doll is bad, but a black girl having a White mom is good?

    • ThomasER916

      Black adoption is white slavery

  • willbest

    See I look at it this way. Not that the white kid is race aware its that apparently Jolie despite being a nutty multimillionaire has a modicum of common sense to either reuse toys or facilitate sharing between their children.

  • John R

    He explained that “white is still considered to be a preferential color and preferential status in our society, so to put a white doll with a black child will have a negative impact for most black children but to put a black doll for a white child might make that white child more sympathetic to or more open to having a black person in their lives and loving and respecting black people.” He concluded, “I think it’s a courageous thing Jolie has done. I’d like to see more of that happening.”

    Oh….where to begin. Okay, let me get this: We need to make White people learn to love and respect black people, right? Now, tonight, on the news, here in Philly, there was a story of another “knockout game” attack on a young White man visiting Philadelphia from New York City. How many Whites do things like this to blacks? (Hint: none) But thousands of times blacks commit all sorts of crimes against Whites. But it is Whites who must learn early on to be sympathetic and understanding to black people? Black people don’t need to learn this? All they need to have higher self-esteem? By the way, self-esteem has been shown to have no connection to achievement. It does have a connection to aggressive behavior, though. And blacks need more Self-esteem? UUUUGGGGHHHH!!! (Shaking my head, rolling my eyes.)

  • dogbone

    Notice how they just make things up as they go along.

  • Ella

    He concluded, “I think it’s a courageous thing Jolie has done. I’d like to see more of that happening.” Not in my home, we learn some basic culture through folklore and fairy tales using White dolls. I teach my children that White is a positive.

  • Nice Guy

    My daughters’ favorite dolls are what they call their “brown babies”, because they’re so cute! The dolls, that is.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    So, let’s get this straight. Black girl playing with white dolls=self-hate. White girls playing with black dolls=hope for the future? Liberal logic on display right here.

  • I feel for the natural born Jolie/Pitt kids, sired by two people celebrated for their beauty, but yet they’ll be getting the “you’re no better than that Bantu we picked up on our last trip to Ethiopia, you’re both equal aren’t you, aren’t you”!
    With all that progressive brainwashing, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Joile/Pitt grandchildren all end up being a mix of Africans and Asians, with the parents own celebrated traits and resemblances, all but gone.
    They’ll be seeing the agenda that they themselves have been pushing internationally, expressed in their own little microcosmic world.
    Bantu grandchildren have been enjoying a wonderful reputation for looking after their infirmed and elderly White grandparents in news stories of late.
    You reap what you sow.

  • emiledurk16

    The persona of the Hollywood made Angelina Jolie imo is a classic representation of the absurdity of political correctness. A trim girl of about 125 lbs karate kicks burly military men and comes up firing (in slow motion) double handguns while heavily armored opponents drop to her barrage. Too much for me to handle. This is what I had to endure while the company I was in gleefully absorbed it all. This aside from the proudly exhibiting of sub Saharan babies (think the repulsive “postmodern” Madonna joined in this self righteous farce) that the Jolie creation is committed to by the string pullers of this scourge.

    • Lagerstrom

      I really cannot stand slim karate-kicking young women in movies! I’ve been subjected to it a few times in company. Nowadays, I just don’t watch movies or television shows at all.

  • Katherine McChesney

    If I were a mother of a female child I’d NEVER buy her a black doll. I’d always want her to choose White skin over black the rest of her life. Who knows, owning a black doll might encourage her to be a mudshark later in life.

  • negrolocaust

    warning!! two more whites were assaulted by blacks yesterday the one had his eye socket broken and a broken jaw thats in philly the other was CT in a highschool. arm yourselves

  • Lagerstrom

    Looking at him, he could get a starring support role on the remake of ‘Fantasy Island’.

  • pcmustgo

    There’s a Toni Morrison book, I think Beloved, forgot which one, in which the protagonist, as a black little girl in the 1940’s or so, cuts up and mutilates a white doll… which reminds her of shirley temple, who she also hates for being white and privileged.

    • pcmustgo

      I read this with my very own eyes.

  • odious liberal

    Maybe the kids are retarded?

  • Brian

    When those kids get older, regression to the mean is going to be an eye-opener.

  • Brian

    Mulattoes are generally the most agitated blacks…I’m not sure whether the white IQ boost gives them more ability to think about it, or perhaps they just feel the shortfall more.

  • He set off my “gaydar” with that picture as well.

  • Hereweald

    This couple is a menace to kids.