Gordon Parks, Dr. Kenneth B. Clark conducting the Doll Test, Harlem, New York, 1947
In the “doll test,” psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark used four plastic, diaper-clad dolls, identical except for color. They showed the dolls to black children between the ages of three and seven and asked them questions to determine racial perception and preference. Almost all of the children readily identified the race of the dolls. However, when asked which they preferred, the majority selected the white doll and attributed positive characteristics to it. The Clarks also gave the children outline drawings of a boy and girl and asked them to color the figures the same color as themselves. Many of the children with dark complexions colored the figures with a white or yellow crayon. The Clarks concluded that “prejudice, discrimination, and segregation” caused black children to develop a sense of inferiority and self-hatred. This photograph was taken by Gordon Parks for a 1947 issue of Ebony magazine. (via)
Political Correctness of the Day: The state of Oregon has put eight high schools on notice — their Native American mascots have got to go. A 5-1 vote Thursday by the Board of Education gives the schools five years to make the change, or their state funding is withdrawn.
The decision came after months of emotional debate about tolerance and tradition.
“It is racist. It is harmful. It is shaming. It is dehumanizing,” said Se-ah-dom Edmo, vice president of the Oregon Indian Education Association.
On the opposing side are people like Jim Smith, the principal of Banks High School — home of the Braves — who grew up on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. “It’s a chance for us to talk about family and tradition and loyalty,” he said.
Wisconsin is the only other state with restrictions on Native American mascots. The law there requires school boards to prove that their mascots don’t promote discrimination, harassment, or stereotyping if someone complains. Regardless, Native American mascots still abound.
I fucking hate how this debate is being framed in terms of political correctness. It evokes an image of unctuous insincerity for the sake of appearances, and it provides fuel for the fires stoked by shrill right-wing demagogues who would attack measures like this from that direction.
Banning the use of redfaced depictions of indigeneity from being used in the educational system is a political solution to a well-documented and widely-recognized problem where these depictions do contribute to widely held anti-Native sentiment.
This isn’t a question of limp-wristed liberal tolerance. Nor is it a matter of ‘reverse-racism.’ What it comes down to is a question of respect, and if the hue and cry of the Native community over these depictions can be boiled down to a visceral reaction to blatant disrespect, then this really isn’t a politically correct measure.
It’s the State of Oregon saying “just stop being assholes about it and move on, white people.”
And no amount of whiteboy Jim Smiths who-lived-on-a-reserve-once-and-totally get-the-indians will change the fact that this shit is disrespectful and harmful, and the best step anyone could take is to fucking stop doing it.
some shit is about to go down
Source: College Humor
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