Dark and Lovely, Michelle

If a black president represents change, a dark-skinned first lady is straight-up revolutionary.

As much as we’d like to think that everyone will be instantly enlightened, the truth is it might not have much of an immediate or noticeable impact. Two years ago, Kiri Davis, at the time a high-school student in New York, made a documentary that recreated Clark’s psychological tests of the 1940s, in which black children were asked whether they preferred a black or white doll. In the original test, the majority of kids in Clark’s sample chose the white doll. Sixty years later, Davis found the same results.

Last Christmas, I got my niece a singing Hannah Montana doll. Actually, I got her two, each belting out a different song clip because I had no idea which was most popular with the tween crowd. If I’d been so inclined, I could have purchased a sound stage and dressing room, complete with working lights.

How cool would it be if next holiday season the hot gift for little girls is the Michelle Obama doll, with a replica of the White House, complete with a husband in the Oval Office who loves a dark-skinned black woman.