Two White Girls Happy to Get Black American Girls for Christmas
There is a video going around with two little white girls getting Black baby dolls for Christmas and then crying about it while their mom laughs in the background. This is NOT that video, and I'm not reposting it because it's a great (racist) example of how NOT to parent your kids. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, these two little white girls got Black American girl dolls for Christmas, and were positively thrilled, so I thought I'd make a little replacement video right quick. Since December 25th these two have been carried around non-stop, changed in and out of outfits constantly, and lovingly put to bed every night. So as a white mom with white kids, why not buy dolls that look like them? Well, they do have white dolls. We also have Hispanic and Asian dolls. But I think it's important for my kids to have dolls who don't look like them because for one, it teaches them that all skin colors are beautiful. Two, it demolishes the expectation that in order to love someone, care about someone, be a friend or play with someone, the other person has to look like you. It may seem trivial or silly, but it's not. Our kids learn about race from us, their parents, first. And white parents have an obligation to teach our kids about race from a young age, so they won't grow up to perpetuate the cycles of institutional racism and injustice that are eating away at our country from the inside. Little things like this matter, because you are creating an environment in your home that is inclusive to everyone, and invites discussion. There are also many age appropriate children's books about race issues, from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement, to the Japanese internment camps during World War II, and desegregating public schools. Read them with your kids and answer their questions. And never tell them "that was a long time ago" or "all races are the same!" Because it wasn't and they're not. Instead, teach them how to see injustice and do the right thing.Update: 1/09/16 Please sign my petition to get American Girl to make the first ever African American Girl of the Year character! https://www.change.org/p/petition-american-girl-to-create-an-african-american-girl-of-the-year-for-2017Posted by Katie Nachman on Sunday, January 3, 2016
Madison, Wis. (WTXF/STORYFUL) A mother shared a video on Facebook in an effort to teach others about equality and love. The video quickly went viral with her powerful message.
Katie Nachman says she bought her two white daughters, Aden, 8, and Phoebe, 4, two black dolls for Christmas as a way of teaching her children that all skin colors are beautiful. According to Katie, she posted the video in response to a video she saw of two little girls crying after they got black dolls as the mom laughs in the background.
She wrote in part,, “So as a white mom with white kids, why not buy dolls that look like them? Well, they do have white dolls. We also have Hispanic and Asian dolls. But I think it's important for my kids to have dolls who don't look like them because for one, it teaches them that all skin colors are beautiful."
Katie also said in the post that the girls have carried around their new dolls non-stop.
As of this writing, the video has been shared more than 53,000 times.
Katie has created a petition to create an African American Girl of the Year for 2017. If you're interested in signing the petition, please click here.
Watch the video and read her full Facebook post above.