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The Beatriz Doll Project
Transcript of The Beatriz Doll Project
one toy aisle at a time!" Research Information distribution Community Response Guerilla Instalation Visual Essay Exhabition Better World Good Books 1930s & 1940s Doll Test Doll Test From 1980s to Present Personal Experience The Giant GenaricWhite Doll Debbie The Doll Collector Where are the BIG BLACK BABIES? Info Graphics Motion Graphics THe Beatriz PRoject Questionnair OVer 321 Views "I would like to urge people who prefer to collect black dolls for themselves or to buy them for children, to do so by any means necessary. If a black doll is not available and the black version is truly what is desired, in its absence, consumers should do without… period. Next, inform the doll manufacturer or artist of their desire and intent not to settle for anything less. As long as white dolls are purchased and the desire for black dolls is not voiced, nothing will change; white dolls will continue to outnumber black dolls in manufacture and availability. If boycotts worked during the Civil Rights Movement to promote racial equality and human rights; boycotting manufacturers, artists, and stores who do not produce or sell black dolls, will promote change. Furthermore, buying dolls created by African American doll artists whenever possible will support the culture and community." Baby Beatriz Project Questionnaire
In what area did you grow up?
Did you play with baby dolls when you were a child?
Tell me a story about your favorite doll from childhood?
As a child do you remember owning black dolls, white dolls or multiple races? Do you remember being aware of the ethnicities of your dolls at the time that you were playing with them?
Have you ever gone to a store (as a child or presently) interested in buying a black doll? If so, what did you experience? Were you happy with the selection at the store? Why or why not?
Do you believe that there is a legitimate excuse for a large store such a Wal-Mart or Toys R’ Us to not carry several ethnically different dolls?
Do you feel as if the toy selection in stores can affect the way a child looks at the world (consciously or unconsciously)? If so, how? Do you think that it is important for children to have access to dolls that represent their race or ethnicity? Why or why not?
As part of a black doll collecting community do you find it difficult to locate black dolls (at the present time)? During your lifetime, have you seen any changes in availability of black dolls; if so, can you discuss your observations?
What inspires you the most about black dolls?
Please feel free to comment on any issues that you feel I have left out. Debbie Garrett "Black dolls are three-dimensional inanimate affirmations of black beauty. I am inspired most by black dolls because the ones I choose to enter my collection in some way mirror my image or reflect society’s past concept of my peoples’ image. Collecting vintage to modern dolls allows me to tap into my inner child, a place where there is peace, where there is comfort, where there is innocence, where the often harsh realities of now are nonexistent. The black dolls I own today fill the void of not having owned at least one as a child. " "No, never. Our society is comprised of people from many ethnic groups. Dolls are representations of people; therefore, doll lines and store stock should include dolls for everyone." "My childhood dolls were all white. I did not personally own a black doll until I began collecting dolls as an adult 20 years ago. I do not remember being aware that my dolls were white or that their complexions differed from mine. They were just the playthings I used to mimic being a mother. Owning white dolls was the norm back then. Pathetic as this seems, I only recall seeing one black doll as a child during my 1950s to 1960s childhood. That doll was in the 1959 remake of Imitation of Life..........." Grumpy & Patsy Dolls from Debbie Garretts Collection 8 Interveiws Face to Face 9 Web-based Interveiws http://thebeatrizdollproject.wordpress.com/ "I think that it should always be a option, but I don’t think they need to be separated in different lines. It would be better to give children an equal chance to pick out dolls of different colors. If they are presented in away that color isn’t highlighted as a difference perhaps the child’s outlook will see past color." -Kate Clements Letters to Corporations Photographed by
Sarah Leon True Non-Corporation dictated choice! Awareness Goals of THE Beatriz Doll Project The Baby Beatriz Project illuminates and confronts the multifaceted, complex issues that deal with non-white children in Kansas City not having adequate access to products that represent their ethnic/racial group. I will focus mainly on the availability and selection of black baby dolls in local stores. A multiphase approach will be utilized. Margaret Beale Spincer Clark & Clark Doll Test 1930-1950s Black Doll History Black Baby/White Baby Black Doll History Film Still from Imitation of Life Non-Emily Kissner Guerilla Installations Raytown Wal-Mart Doll Selection Demographically Correct Raytown Toy Aisle Baby Beatriz Doll Head Prototype final products my Bye-Lo-Baby and I My doll from childhood Victoria and I Kristl Smith Tyler is a mother, a Barbie lover, and a feminist. She makes it a point to give her daughter Leah access to Barbies of the entire spectrum of skin colors as well as outfits for every occupation imaginable so that Leah is able to role play with her dolls in what ever way she pleases. She generously created the above video with Leah(her daughter) to show how her multicultural and feminist Barbie playing philosophies have affected her daughter positively. I think that the videos are a testament to how giving kids options creates a positive play atmosphere where children can make true decisions about who they think is smart, pretty, interesting and successful. Video Responses YouTube
Research Interviewees The End