Monday, July 30, 2007

The Power of Self Affirming Images in the Edutainment of Children

(Formerly a purple magazine article)

I am currently fawning over a regal barbie doll, named Nichelle.
Her skin is like darkest chocolate before any additives are infused, and you can see in this barbie doll, the image of beauty which many young girls of color have been socially engineered to struggle recognizing.

Image is powerful.

Progress has been made, though there is still a ways to go, before the narcissism of racist culture, and the poisons it has dropped are outshined by the “bling” of enlightenment.
In attempting to wipe out or subjugate a race, the techniques of psyching out an opponent by attacking their confidence have been employed. Children were not too innocent to be subjected to this treatment, and the images of their likenesses were not set up before them as heroes.
Their heroes were hidden, stolen and painted over, leaving them with unbefitting likenesses which told them that they were less, and even… criminal in nature.

The power of archetype is strong.
We emulate our myths. So where then are the beautiful myths of the displaced Kush/Kemetian descendant (African) in the mainstream market? Why do we not see more anime that bears an accurate likeness of Asian culture? I’m all for unity, but I’ve seen most anime in the likeness of Europeans. How is that unity, when other cultures barely have a moment to enjoy what's beautiful about their own culture?

When caring for your child, be sure to expose them to many cultures, as unity is the prime objective, but also keep in mind (especially in the case of children of color) that their image should be seen in Angelic representations, fantasy heroes, and in loving communal representations, as image has been used as a tool of psychological warfare and it’s now time to clear restore the empowered images for the generations here and those to come. The way to begin is with healing images.

Casting Storm (a black woman) for X-Men as a treacherous skeezer who betrayed Rogue by swinging more than one ep with her boyfriend Gambit behind her back, as well as casting a white women in the role of Elektra who is an obvious Hispanic character, while making the only movie to date with a comic book ‘black’ heroe who is in essence a dweller of hell, in the Spawn flick, tells us everything we need to know about what our children are being told about themselves.

Let’s fix that.

Truth always comes out. It has to happen sometime.
Let it be now.

Options to begin with:
(Please add some of the options you know of in the comments and we will update this thread with more healing and empowering images)

Culturally diverse dolls

Original 'Black' Faerie presented in Maji; The Magik Volumes
by Dazjae, circa 2006 (to be added to the mailing for the special edition release email:


Face Natural said...

That is one beautiful doll. Is it really a Barbie? And where can I find one?

Mrs. Grapevine said...

We need more images like that. I live in suburbia, and I struggle everyday with how to raise my two boys so that they will have an appreciation of black women. I'm not saying they can't date outside their race, I just don't want them to exclude their own. I have a quite a few years before that comes, but I know I need to start now helping them to understand the beauty of black women.

I am almost glad I do not have a girl because those negative images are really out there. I have to find this doll.

PurpleZoe said...

Isn't the doll lovely?
I don't know where to purchase it though.

I do know that a revolution in the way we see ourselves is in order.
Maji is a book that displays the Faerie realm in cultural diversity, so that children can see their image as elves, faerie girls, and etc. It has three volumes that focus on non-religious spiritual principle through a story that teaches children to follow their vibe instead of being used like puppets by society (not in a preachy or pretentious way but just in natural reverence for God's essence/lifeforce within us and the world...Hope, Faith, Self Respect and etc.) by Brandi Epps also covers fantasy images for folks of color.

That sort of thing is tremendous for children.

I feel your point Mrs. Grapevine. if we focus on culture affirming images in our day to day life, our children have a greater sense of self worth.

Things are changing for the better in this area for sure. Evidence of this will be apparent sooner than later because people are waking up.