Mom Gives White Daughters Dolls of All Colors to Teach Them to Love All Races

Wisconsin mom wants daughters to play with toys of all races

When it comes to what our children learn, education starts at home. After seeing a viral video over the holidays of a mom laughing at her children's horror when they received baby dolls that were a different skin tone, Katie Nachman was appalled. In response, the Wisconsin mom made a video of her girls playing with black American Girl dolls, and the importance of parents exposing children to other races.

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"It may seem trivial or silly, but it's not. Our kids learn about race from us, their parents, first."

Katie is well aware of race relations in our country, and how crippling nonacceptance can be throughout our communities. This is one of the reasons why she encourages her children to embrace cultures and races different to theirs.

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.

Little things like this matter, because you are creating an environment in your home that is inclusive to everyone, and invites discussion.

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Any child playing with a toy that doesn't resemble him or her shouldn't be a thing -- especially in 2016 -- but sadly, it still is. It should be no big deal to enjoy toys of a different color, and no big deal to play with "gender-specific" products.

Yes, young children will notice physical differences, and possibly have questions. Our job is to not only encourage that kind of dialogue (age-appropriate of course), but also to think about any prejudice we might have that, sadly, will spread to the next generation if we aren't careful.

Growing up, I had dolls of all races -- including Beverly Hills, 90210, Barbies when I was older. Some were black, and some were white. I didn't think much of it because my parents never made a big deal about it.

... Because, it shouldn't be a big deal.

This is the way it should be. This is what helps our children realize there's a whole world full of people who don't look, or even sound, like them. This type of exposure and acceptance can be so powerful, even if it was inspired by a doll who looks different.

There's great beauty in diversity.

 

There is a video going around with two little white girls getting Black baby dolls for Christmas and then crying about...

Posted by Katie Nachman on Sunday, January 3, 2016

 

 

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