Monday, February 12, 2007

    A Girl Like Me

    This short doc from the "Media that Matters Film Festival" looks at teen African American women struggling with racial identity. Particularly striking is the scene about half-way through in which young African American children are asked which they prefer to play with: a white doll or a black doll. It reminded me of a book I read in seminary by an African American woman who mentioned her shock as a child at seeing an image of a black Jesus. She rejected that image because she was so enculturated to seeing Jesus as a "white man."

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