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1 Light vs. Dark: Who’s Responsible? Could This Have Been Morrison’s Influence? Kendra Wright 5 August 2013

2 Clip from Oprah’s documentary, Dark Girls”

3 Picture This! According to the article, “Dark Skin is Also a Problem Among African-Americans”, on cnn.com, Ronald Martin discovered that a casting agency in Los Angeles only prefers light-skinned actors for the company’s Super Bowl commercials.

4 Did you know that…. 500 million dollars was spent on skin bleaching products in an attempt to get lighter skin?

5 White and Black Doll Controversy According to Eugene Volokh, (reports ABC News), in a Wal-Mart store, the black Barbie dolls (Theresa Dolls) were sold at $3.00, while the white Barbie dolls were sold at $5.93.

6 …. Controversy Continued Thelma Dye, director at Northside Center for Child Development stated that the lesser price of the black doll implies that black/dark skin is devalued or lesser.

7 Why do you believe there was a difference in the price? After all, they’re both ‘Barbies’ Black BarbieWhite Barbie

8 Let’s Talk… Q & A Why do you believe skin bleaching is so common in the African-American community? From where did the insecurities of having dark skin originate? Is the media responsible? What do you believe influenced Morrison to focus on skin complexion?

9 References Martin, Ronald. Dark Skin is Also a Problem Among African- Americans. Volokh, Eugene. Black Barbie Sold for Less Than White Barbie at WalMart. Yotube.com


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