A YouTube video (below) showing two young white girls receiving black dolls for Christmas went viral after being posted on Dec. 30.
It's not clear if the video was meant as a joke or a social experiment, but one girl is in a state of shock, although she tries to hide it, while her sister openly cries. Adults are heard laughing in the background.
Salon notes: "Though obviously not an official social experiment, their reaction is a comment on just how early in life racial bias forms."
Essence was more pointed in its response to the parents who posted the video:
"What was the purpose of buying the dolls -- was this intended as a prank?
"If it was a prank, were you using Blackness as a tool to make the child unhappy or were you using it as a tool to show the rejection of Blackness?
"Why post this to YouTube, do parents need cultural sensitivity lessons too?"