WATCH: Intriguing “doll test” experiment showing effects of racism on black Italian children

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Racism has lived on from generation to generation and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better despite the level of awareness created through education and the level of achievements by black people who are the most prejudiced.

In the 1940s, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark created an experiment known as “the doll test” to study the psychological effects of segregation on African-American children.

The test is done using identical dolls with two colors and children are asked to identify the race of the dolls and which doll they preferred.

Drs. Clark’s test concluded that “prejudice, discrimination, and segregation” created a feeling of inferiority among African-American children and damaged their self-esteem.

This test led to the Supreme Court’s monumental decision in Brown v. Board of Education, demanding the racial integration of American public schools.

The perception of children and the feeling of inferiority among black children in the 1940s  is not any different from black children in Italy in 2016 when Italian media company conducted the “doll test” experiment.

Watch the experiment in this video and tell us what you think in the comment section below :

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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