Oct. 11, 2006 --

A new short film by New York City high school student Kiri Davis asks how far our society has come in its attitude toward race since the 1940s.

In her film, "A Girl Like Me," Davis recreates an experiment from the 1940s in which black children were given a black doll and a white doll, and then asked which one they thought was better.
Overwhelmingly, they chose the white doll.

Davis asked 4- and 5-year-old kids at a Harlem school the same question.

She found that the children's answers were not that different. In Davis' test, 15 of the 21 children said that the white doll was good and pretty, and that the black doll was bad.

You can watch "A Girl Like Me" in its entirety at www.reelworks.org.