Tuesday, August 5, 2008

White Babies @ WalMart

So, I made a late night run into WalMart. We're getting ready to go camping and I needed to pick up a few things. I'd rather dodge the crates in the aisles at 11pm than wrestle 2 boys during the day...

So, I was near the toy section. This whole Ethiopian adoption thing has gotten me alert to some things...As I wandered near the baby doll aisle, I thought, maybe I'll find a little baby doll for my future girl to stash away. As a little girl, I LOVED my babies, so as I daydream about my girl to be, one of the first purchases on my list, is a baby doll for her. So I wandered down the aisle. There was 10,000 baby dolls, and ONE of them, one lonely Cabbage Patch girl, had dark brown skin. All the rest were white. White, white babies. I never noticed things like that before. What in the world? A few days ago, I spotted this adorable baby doll, named "Coco" online. I will be saving my pennies for her, and writing a letter to Wal-Mart!

4 comments:

Julie said...

you know honestly, when I moved up here, Eryn...I was totally shocked by the lack of diversity. It was kinda weird for awhile. I'm willing to bet if I went into a walmart down in california there would be lots of different choices. It's interesting and sad too. I want my kids to be around diversity as they grow up.

theinnermostbox said...

You might find this article to be of some interest, not outrageous, but certainly something to mull over:

http://www.antiracistparent.com/2008/06/18/race-preference-in-adoption/

I have really, really liked this site:

http://www.dollslikeme.com/

I have had a really hard time finding cute hispanic baby dolls too, but the site above has some great options.

the kicker is... said...

Don't even get me started on this one. Wait until you try to find books, especially of the Christian variety, that focus on dark babies/kids. it's the saddest thing. You know my niece is half black, and you know my heart for her to know Jesus.... it just breaks my heart how UNdiversified the (Christian) world really is. Sad.

annette said...

i agree w/ julie, i am sure it is a demographic thing... there is a huge lack of diversity here in the couv'

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