February 13, 2007

Media That Matters: A Girl Like Me

Probably the most painful, revealing and impactive film I've seen in awhile on girls and race I found on Mitali's Fire Escape today. Watch this, think about it, blog about it... I have so many thoughts I can't even express them yet. Wow.

Additions: This film was publicized on NPR's Talk of the Nation last October, and Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts responded to the film last September.

1 comment:

DaviMack said...

From the film:

Q: which one is the bad doll?
A: this one [indicates black doll]
Q: which one is the nice doll?
A: this one [indicates white doll]
Q: why is this doll bad?
A: because it's black
Q: and why is this one nice?
A: because she's white

Note that the child viewed the black doll as an "it," but the white doll as a "she." This goes even beyond thinking that the dolls are good or bad, and into seeing the black doll as non-human.

Truly a sad, sad world.