Building and Maintaining Self-Esteem in Children of Color
"Dolls are where girls get early lessons about self-image and identity. When people have told me that “Barbie’s just a doll,” I’ve argued that she’s a metaphor for a social predilection toward whiteness, and the privileges that go along with it. Girls of color can suffer from an identity distortion when they don’t see images of themselves represented in popular culture and the media. There’s a self-esteem issue here."
Since the 1930's, psychologists and sociologists have noted how important is for children of color to see positive images that look like them. Following is a list of related articles on building self-esteem and identity in children of color.
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Self-Esteem in Black Girls, 2011, The Examiner.
Is That Story About Me? Latino Children, Books, and Literacy, December 2012, Grant Wiggins, grantwiggins.wordpress.com.
Watching Television Lowers the Self-Esteem of Black Kids, May 2012, BET.com.
The First Week of School and Already a Racist Incident, September 2012 commentary on the "N" word.
A Picture Worth a Thousand Words, does this 1970 photo reflect the attitudes of young Black children today?
Black Hair and the Politics of Beauty, from the Newsletter for Adoptive Families with Children of Color.
Five Tips on Purchasing Biracial Children Gifts, from the folks at Parenting-Child-Development.com
Parenting Biracial Children: Issues for Black/White Biracial Child-Rearing.
Who Is Black? One Nation's Definition, from PBS" Frontline.