I'll do a throwback post tomorrow. Today I want to recap my friday afternoon and open the floor to discussion.
yes I'm disturbed by the hooker boots that came with that barbie
Her is a sampling of my daughters Barbies. She has more but these are the ones I could find. Here is the conversation I had with my baby momma on friday as I was picking up my baby.
*Me sitting down typing a text message waiting for the baby to finish eating a snack, BM in the kitchen*
BM: Stop buying her white barbies... she needs barbies she can relate to!!!
Me: huh? She picks out her barbies
BM: You thin white people buy black barbies? No so don't buy anymore white barbies.
Me: She picks out the barbies based on what they come with, her white barbies came with stuff that the black barbies didn't have.
BM: I don't want her to have them! Don't buy anymore
Baby: Why are you fusing at my daddy, he didn't even do anything!
Me: I know baby, Mommy just wants to fuss
BM: *rolls eyes* She is a black baby, she needs black barbies
Me: she has a bunch of them, she has all kinds of barbies
Baby: Daddy don't say anything else to her *comes over and puts hand over my mouth*
Me: *laughing at the baby* ok baby, I'll be quiet
Baby: He can't talk to you anymore
BM: *goes back in the kitchen mumbling something* honestly I tuned her out and was laughing at my daughter
So here's my thing. These are barbies that I buy and that reside at MY house. I understand my BM's concern that black babies need to play with black dolls that they can identify with but I don't think that playing with a white barbie will make my baby any less black. I mean I played with plenty of white GI Joes and never had a problem. If anything they need barbies that all don't have the same shape. Plus my baby don't care about the color. She wants the stuff they come with. If a black barbie came with the same stuff she would get that one. Why does she have to deal with a racism in her toys?
So is my BM right and I'm wrong for buying white barbies?