I want to tread carefully, here, but this is what I’m thinking: if we, as parents, make an effort to diversify our own circles, and give our kids opportunities to play with other children who don’t look just like them, wouldn’t that go a heck of a lot farther than playing with a doll brand that gets it “right?”
Mattel is a joke, I agree, and I’m no fan of Barbie. (Believe me — like you, I intend not to buy them, if I have a daughter in the future.) But I don’t really feel like the toys are that big a deal, compared to real relationships. Do you feel that the overt whiteness of the dolls would influence your daughter’s interactions with human beings?