In a country that is supposed to be a melting pot, culturally diverse, and unbiased, we all know that's a lie. In fact, we know it's so much of a lie that even within cultures skin color can make or break your acceptance. With more and more bi-racial children being born, one would think that the blending would lead to some greater acceptance, tolerance, and understanding, but it hasn't. There are still no dolls for the "beige" (bi-racial) kids; there are no magazines with pictures of girls with naturally curly or kinky hair, and there is certainly no one promoting their proudness of being bi-racial and/or bi-cultured. What's up with that? Don't these children deserve to be represented? Don't they want to see dolls, magazines, and such that they can identify with? Survey says they do.
For the most part, there are two kinds of dolls, white and black; yet the black dolls like like black versions of the white doll. Uh, something's wrong with that picture. To take things a step further, why aren't white girls offended that all their dolls like alike? They're all cookie-cutter unattainable Anglo-WASP images that even half the white girls can't emulate. Barbie is the biggest fraud of all. That heffa promotes a truly unattainable image, yet the ho makes millions off folk and no one seems to have a problem with that. I do! That aside, I'll get back to my point.
Bi-racial children deserve to be represented. They are people too and they are worthy of the same toys, books, and images that mean something to them. There is a magazine Latina, that reps the Latin girls, which I think is great, though it still mostly shows the Latinas that look like the white girls. I want to see a magazine that reps for real. I want to see the bi-racial girls and boys have someone they can say, "hey, s/he looks like me!" I want to see bi-racial actors, politicians, execs, etc., who are bi-racial stand up for all the little boys and girls who look like them or have culturally diverse backgrounds like theirs. Heritage is important and it promotes good social behavior when someone has someone else to feel a tie to.
Bi-racialism is not going away and it's not something that should be swept under the rug like a dirty little secret. It should be embraced, nurtured, and accepted. These children should not have to chose a side. They shouldnn't be forced to accept a toy that has diminished meaning to them just so they can have a toy or doll.
Finally, all races (though a utopian thought) should stop segregating within their own. Light skinned blacks are as acceptable and worthy as darker-skinned blacks. The same goes for the light and dark Hispanics, Italians, and even some whites. Truth be told (for those unaware), Blond(e) hair and blue eyes is a pigment deformity and is not the paramount standard for beauty emulation.
The rant must come to an end, but keep these words in mind, "...the color of a mans skin, is no more important than the color of his eyes..." and "...content of character...not the color of ones skin..." Those are the truths that should be self-evident and sustaining.
Stepping off my soap box now....