The black doll white doll experiment

When does racism start?  Do we need to think about racism in ECE? Is this type of experiment still relevant?

Kenneth and Mamie Clark – two incredibly bright African American Psychologists who were actively involved in the civil rights movement, conducted this original experiment in the 1930’s.  Their work was instrumental in the ruling that racial segregation in education was unconstitutional in the U.S..

But, is this type of experiment still relevant?  In 2006 a similar study was done by a young filmmaker and her results were the same as what the Clarks’ found in the 1930/40’s.  The work of Kiri Davis is evident in her film, A girl Like Me.

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