During the “doll tests,” as they’re now known, a majority of African American children showed a preference for dolls with white skin instead of Black ones—a consequence, the Clarks argued, of the pernicious effects of segregation. The Clarks’ work, and their testimony in the underlying cases that became Brown v.
Which doll is the good doll?
While the majority of all children ended up choosing the white doll as the good doll and the black doll as the bad doll, the black children who attended segregated schools had an even higher instance of choosing the black doll as bad and preferring the white doll to play with – over 70%. By Dr.