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Is Mexico An Inherently Racist Society?

In 1940, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark performed the groundbreaking
"doll
experiments
" study on children’s attitudes on race using white
and black dolls (the study was repeated in 2005 and documented by Kiri
Davis
in the film A
Girl Like Me
). The study showed how minorities view themselves in
respect to racial stereotypes.

Recently, the Mexican government released a YouTube video on racism in
Mexico – which brought a lot of comments on this thorny question: is Mexico
an inherently racist society?

The kids are seated at a table before a white doll and a black
doll, and are asked to pick the "good doll" or the doll that
most resembled them. The children, mostly brown-skinned, almost uniformly
say the white doll was better or most resembled them.

One child in the video with mixed-race features says the white
doll resembled him "in the ears."

"Which doll is the good doll?" a woman’s voice asks the
child.

"I am not afraid of whites," he responds, pointing to
the white doll. "I have more trust."

Mexico’s National Council to Prevent Discrimination, or Conapred,
in mid-December began circulating the video, modeled on the 1940s Clark
experiments in the United States. The children who appear in it are
mostly mestizos, or half-Spanish, half-Indian, and a message said they
were taped with the consent of their parents and told to respond as
freely as they could.

Daniel Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times reports: Link

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Date
January 1st, 2012

Author
Stranger to the World

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