*Barbie is addressing racial bias and discrimination on her YouTube page.
The Mattel doll is shown chopping it up with her Black friend, Nikki.”There is a huge movement going on. Millions of people across the world are standing up to fight against racism, and they’re doing this because too often and for such a long time, people have been treated unfairly, and in some cases even hurt by others, because of the color of their skin,” she says.
Nikki listens patiently, then proceeds to enlighten Barbie about her own experiences with discrimination as a young Black woman, offering a story about a sticker-selling incident as an example.
“Barbie and I had a sticker-selling contest on the beach last month. We split up and went our separate directions to see who could sell the most. While I was on the boardwalk, beach security stopped me three times,” Nikki tells Barbie. “The security officer thought I was doing something bad, even though I was doing exactly the same thing that you were doing.”
Nikki then shares another story, recalling the time a teacher told her she “got lucky” after acing a French entrance exam, and she said it deterred her from joining a French honor club. When Barbie asked why she didn’t join the club to “prove [the teacher] wrong” Nikki said: “Because I don’t want to constantly prove and reprove myself.”
“He supported you right from the beginning and he didn’t support me. People did these things because I was Black, and they made the wrong assumptions about me.”
“And they don’t make those assumptions about White people like me,” Barbie said. “That’s not fair. Because that means that White people get an advantage that they didn’t earn, and Black people get a disadvantage they don’t deserve.”
The video has since been well received on social media, with many praising the brand for taking a stand for racial justice.