What does this say about us? Dana "Mama Doll" Hill, The Founder of The Black Doll Affair, a movement to change the way black girls are perceived, more importantly, perceive themselves, weighed in on the talk about Gabby's hair.
"Suffering from internalized racism, I don't even know if we, black people, are aware of how much we hate ourselves. I witness self-hatred everyday. We're constantly in boxing matches with each other. Dark skin blacks vs. the so called red bones. Educated Cosby Show blacks vs. the Ebonic speaking Hood Rat. Spelman vs. Clark Atlanta. Delta Sigma Theta vs. Alpha Kappa Alpha, and now the every burgeoning boxing match, Relaxed hair vs. the natural locks. It's clear that a lot of black people are still struggling with loving themselves and Gabby Douglas is a mirror reflection of this sad truth. Instead of lifting this young girl up, on top of the world where she belongs, we're busy pulling her off of her high horse. Instead of cheering her on and saying thank you for representing so b'huetifully, we're criticizing her hairdo! Really??? Let Mama translate what they're really saying, 'Gabby Douglas, you ain't all that and who do you think you are?' Well, she is Gabby Douglas and The Black Dolls of The Black Doll Affair are helping to remind this black girl of her beauty...as well as remind the black race as a whole that, when it comes to that Mountain Top that Martin spoke about, we ain't there yet. Other races are beating us to the finish line in accepting who we are, but the black race as a people, well we won't be finishing that race like a Gold Medal winning Olympian," said Mama Doll.
To reiterate Mama Doll's sentiments and move The Black Doll Affair towards Martin's Mountain Top, The Black Dolls are running to Gabby's rescue with their "Hey Black Girl! Initiative."
On August 13th, 2012 at 9:00 pm EST together in masses, The Black Dolls will reach out to Gabby Douglas, via her online social networks, with a message board of personal love letters! More, The Black Dolls are requesting the media's help by asking them to cover the story and give Gabby something positive to read when she puts her name in Google's search engines.
To learn about the full initiative go here http://www.meetup.com/
To read Love Letters to Gabby Douglas go here: http://www.meetup.com/
The Black Doll Affair is always accepting new Dolls into their movement and in the trenches at www.blackdollaffair.com For more information call them at 404-590-Doll (3655).
About The Black Doll Affair
Doll tests have revealed that black children prefer white dolls and view black dolls as ugly and bad. The Black Doll Affair is a social club of black women called The Black Dolls. To reverse doll tests results and remind black girls of their inner and outer beauty, these role models engage in philanthropic affairs, donate toy black dolls to little girls, have self-esteem building play dates with teens and host fun events (Black Doll Affairs) that uplift the black woman and increases her pride in hue. These are the "Affairs" of The Black Dolls! Recipients of President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award, The Black Dolls range in shade and shape. Eighteen years and older, from college students to grandmothers, career women to ladies of leisure, they are role models that band together to tackle the black family’s issues with shadeism, self hatred and low self-worth. To express the importance of community service, annually they donate hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to charitable causes that affect all races. These are the Affairs of The Black Dolls and their mission is to change the way black girls are perceived and, more importantly, how they perceive themselves. More at: www.blackdollaffair.com