Originally Posted by EnzoLeya
I read up a little more about it. A website actually said the doll was made so the black children could play with a white doll. Slaves aparently were not allowed to play with white dolls and this was one way to get away with it. It sounds like a good explaination.
PS....I'm not black so now I feel bad for owning a doll like this
As far as I know we didn't have any slave owners in our family, we were always from IA.
I wouldn't feel bad. They are interesting dolls. I got mine for the history; it was never a plaything. But yours was a plaything, and I bet both sides were loved. You learned something through it about racism, right? It can both be loved and a teaching tool.
I'm not sure of the true history. In my above post I was trying to remember what the tag on mine says, but it's at my Mom's house. When I was on the internet I came across a site which said it was white children not being able to play with a black doll. Obviously, the reverse sounds truer, however, we must remember that in some cases the white children and the black slave children did play and socialize together until a certain age.
Oh, and that doll in the picture looks a whole lot less offensive than some others I saw on the internet today.