It's no secret that in communities of color, the politics of playing with dolls has a long, sordid history. In the late 1930's, African American researchers Kenneth and Mamie Clark published what would become hugely influential findings: a disturbing number of black children, long told that they were undesirable, preferred playing with white dolls because they were considered more beautiful. Ever since, many parents of color have struggled to find dolls that in some way tell their kids that they're beautiful. Barbies have popped in up all different colors and cultures. But creating dolls remains an imperfect science; they're often too thin, too white. But even as dolls have changed, their hair -- for the most part -- hasn't. Until now.
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