Angelina Jolie’s daughter plays with a black doll: Why is that important?
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been known for their multi cultural and multi racial family. The couple has 3 biological and adopted children from Ethiopia, Cambodia and Vietnam. It appears that the couple are more conscious of culture and racial issues than the average person. Brad Pitt even took it to the extent that he wound up rejecting the role of a slave owner in the upcoming adaptation of real life events, 12 years a slave. Brad said that he didn’t want his children to see him in that role.
However, one of the more current news regarding Brad and Jolie’s family is that a photograph that’s been going around of Angelina’s biological daughter playing with a black doll with curly hair. Now this might seem like nothing but it is a big deal.
Dolls have long been a source of angst when it comes to the self-esteem of girls, particularly young girls of color. The role of dolls in serving as symbols of beauty, racial stereotypes and racism is so significant that dolls played a key role in one of America’s landmark civil rights cases, Brown v Board of Education in 1954.
When asked about Jolie’s daughter playing with a black doll, Jeff Gardere, a psychologist who has treated children explained how it would have a negative impact on black children on their self-esteem if they play with white dolls, however, he continues that it would have the opposite effect if white girls played with black dolls. He said, “I think that’s an amazing thing, because it has an opposite effect.”
Jeff ended his statement by saying that it’s a courageous thing that Jolie has done and that he’d like to see more of that kind of effort being put out there. What do you guys think about it?
Will it affect Jolie’s image in any way? If so, would it be a positive effect of or a negative one?