We have a long way to go before non-white people can come to accept and recognize their own worth.
I recently came across “The Doll Test”, wherein psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark used four plastic, diaper-clad dolls, identical except for color. They showed the dolls to black children between the ages of three and seven and asked them questions to determine racial perception and preference. Almost all of the children readily identified the race of the dolls. However, when asked which they preferred, the majority selected the white doll and attributed positive characteristics to it.
The Clarks also gave the children outline drawings of a boy and girl and asked them to color the figures the same color as themselves. Many of the children with dark complexions colored the figures with a white or yellow crayon. The Clarks concluded that “prejudice, discrimination, and segregation” caused black children to develop a sense of inferiority and self-hatred.
But you know what’s especially fucked up? The same study was replicated in 2008. Dark-skinned children still by far selected the white doll. Repeatedly.
Although young, a child can determine their self-worth. Although naive, a child can sense where they stand in society. This topic of race, typically seen as a black-white issue, can be identified by those at the youngest of ages.