Black is in, according to Larry King, but no one wants to admit President Obama’s role in ushering what I hope becomes more than a seasonal fashion trend that will be passe by the end of his term.
So far two companies, Beanie Babies and Mattel Inc. have launched a line of black dolls. However, both companies assert that the timing of the creation of their dolls has nothing to do with the election of the nation’s first black president.
What does the sudden spotlight on African-American dolls mean for little girls? African-American girls? Will little black girls now see girls of every hue playing with brown dolls? Will mothers who are not black allow their children to own black dolls? What if their children come to prefer black dolls over white dolls in a classic reversal of Kenneth Clark’s doll test. ?