Black Doll, White Doll: The Racial Self Hate Test

The study conducted in 1950 showed the effects of systemic racism and segregation and as a result the destruction of the self-esteem of Black children. The experiment done in Clarendon County S.C. involved 16 Black children, ages six through nine years of age. Eleven of the students described the Black doll as “bad” and nine described the White doll as “pretty” or “nice”. The test results influenced the U.S. Supreme Court decision; the Court would rule segregation to be unconstitutional in the Brown case in 1954. Overturning the “Separate but Equal” doctrine in 1952.