What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of American Girl Place?
“Only White girls go there” are the words that came out of one seven-year-old girl’s mouth at Brooklyn’s Public School 28 when her classmate mentioned that her cousin received a doll from the store for her birthday.
That remark caught the attention of special education teacher Rob Robinson.
“Although I didn’t know anything about American Girl Place, I responded, ‘No, [everyone] goes to that place,’ ” he says. “And to debunk that idea, I [Googled] American Girl Place NYC, just positive that when the images appeared, they would see many, many girls of color [who] looked like them. That idea failed miserably. And they looked at me like ‘Yeah. Uh huh.’ So, I responded, ‘Guess what? We are going there.’ ”
Robinson didn’t know that a doll from American Girl Place costs more than $100, and spending an entire day at the store comes with a hefty price tag—one that most of his students couldn’t afford. An estimated 80 percent of the students at the school, located in Bedford Stuyvesant, qualify for the federal free lunch program.
Read the rest of my article at [EBONY.com].