Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six very diverse children. Three of them are of Anglo Saxon heritage, and the other three come from Vietnam, Cambodia and Ethiopia. Both Pitt and Jolie appear to be extremely conscious of their children’s backgrounds, and have taken steps to promote healthy images of empowerment for them all.
The latest example is that of their biologically born daughter Vivienne, who was spotted carrying a black doll.
When asked about Jolie’s daughter playing with a black doll and whether it is culturally significant, Jeff Gardere, a psychologist who has treated children, told The Root that black children playing with white dolls can have a negative impact on their self-esteem, but when it comes to white children playing with black dolls, “I think that’s an amazing thing, because it has an opposite effect.” He explained that “white is still considered to be a preferential color and preferential status in our society, so to put a white doll with a black child will have a negative impact for most black children but to put a black doll for a white child might make that white child more sympathetic to or more open to having a black person in their lives and loving and respecting black people.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are so committed to promoting acceptance, and cultural sensitivity in their children so much that Pitt recently turned down a role as a slavemaster in the critically-acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave. The star noted that he did not want his children seeing him in such a role.
Kudos to Jolie and Pitt for taking an active role in raising their children’s level of cultural awareness!
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