Stories from Afar & Up Close

Black doll, white doll - not just an experiment

In the 1950s, in a racially segregated US, psychologist Kenneth Clark performed an experiment with black kids. He wanted to measure the impact of racism on their self-image. They had to choose between a black doll and a white doll. Now, 50 years later, someone repeated the experiment. The video below (in English) is of that experiment, with some footage from the original test. It’s an excerpt from a short documentary called ‘A Girl Like Me’ by Kiri Davis (which you can watch here).