As DJ Quick would say ‘here is what they think of you’.. Pictures have recently surfaced of what is said to be the next African-American Barbie. The doll has blonde hair, gold chains, cleavage, and two bags that favor Louis Vuitton monogram multicolor collection.
A multitude of African-Americans find this doll’s look to be offensive, stating that it does not exude the true beauty of African-American women. Honestly the doll does favor the imagery of some famous African-American (e.g. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, etc.). Studies have shown through out the world that TV sets the standard of what women find in style or trending. If we want to change the imagery of the African-American woman, we have to start exalting celebrities and other prominent figures in the black community that represent the imagery that we’d like people around the world to embrace.
If we want to change the way we are perceived by other cultures, we have to make the change within ourselves. This is no excuse to defend prejudice and persons who believe that all black men are criminals because they see black men on the news 24/7. There is a clear indication of systemic racism that severely influences the way we’re perceived across the world; however, we must take accountability.