Greenwood is a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the early 20th century it became known as America’s “Black Wall Street” because it was one of the most wealthy and successful black communities in the United States before the 1921 Tulsa Massacre. One night, I was searching the internet and somehow I began researching The Tulsa Star, Greenwood’s version of the Wall Street Journal. As I stumbled upon old copies of the The Tulsa Star, I found an interesting article entitled: COLORED DOLLS, WHY NOT? Considering the holiday season is upon us, many people of color are currently buying or looking for dolls/barbies for their children.
This article from January 29, 1921 (almost 95 years ago) touches on the touchy holiday subject of whether to buy a Black barbie, Latino barbie, or a White Barbie?
COLORED DOLLS, WHY NOT?
“WE HAVE READ quite a little of the man who declared that his child should learn to play with Colored dolls. It was an idea pressed in upon the same father would never think of deciding to purchase nothing but the same father would never think of deciding to purchase nothing but colored clothing, colored animals, or even colored furnishings. The color prejudice gave rise in his mind to the propriety of worshiping some color other than white, exclusively. Hence, the colored doll for his child. (more…)