Maybe White Girls Should Play With Black Dolls

My Thing Is: When Barbie and Christie went joyriding, it was all fun and games, but it also laid an early foundation for my belief in equality among women of all colors. I want more kids to get this message early on.

Tamara Horn
Tamara Horn Courtesy of Tamara Horn

If it works, we could all win. After all, black and white women alike make up the spectrum of experiences in this country—from everyday homemaker mothers to renowned and highly respected celebrities and businesswomen. From the background to the forefront, we’re all included in the sorority of women who are constantly working on our image, our esteem, our standards, and our balance of leadership and independence.

I believe that cross-cultural friendships and partnerships among women can be genuine and productive and help us solve some of the nation’s most compelling issues, such as poverty, education, equal pay, living wages and decent health care. But if this is to happen, all women—regardless of politics, sexual orientation, race, class or culture—need to consider womanhood more of a sisterhood, a universal sorority in which everyone’s membership is equally valid.

When Barbie and Christie went joyriding, it was all fun and games, but it also laid an early foundation for a vision of partnership and a level playing field for women, regardless of color. That’s why I encourage young girls, and especially white girls, to collect multicultural dolls. I believe that we can all embrace one another’s ideas, experiences and potential to make connections. But first we have to see one another as sisters. What starts in play could lead to real and important work.

Tamara Horn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Delaware State University and is currently pursuing her master’s in social work at Rutgers University. As a community facilitator, she is passionate about sparking conversations that affect the black community. She is in love with her two children and engaged to writing essays, poems and songs. Follow her on Twitter.

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