Jesse Jackson is en route as we speak:

Walmart is raising eyebrows after cutting the price of a black Barbie doll to nearly half of that of the doll’s white counterpart at one store and possibly others.

A photo first posted to the humor Web site FunnyJunk.com and later to the Latino Web site Guanabee.com shows packages of Mattel’s Ballerina Barbie and Ballerina Theresa dolls hanging side by side at an unidentified store. The Theresa dolls, which feature brown skin and dark hair, are marked as being on sale at $3.00. The Barbies to the right of the Theresa dolls, meanwhile, retain their original price of $5.93. The dolls look identical aside from their color.

Naturally, this market force is harmful to the self-image of minority kids:

“The implication of the lowering of the price is that’s devaluing the black doll,” said Thelma Dye, the executive director of the Northside Center for Child Development, a Harlem, N.Y. organization founded by pioneering psychologists and segregation researchers Kenneth B. Clark and Marnie Phipps Clark.

“While it’s clear that’s not what was intended, sometimes these things have collateral damage,” Dye said.

Instead of coming to a basic understanding of human behavior and economics simultaneously — which is that white kids are more likely to buy white dolls and black kids are more likely to buy black dolls, and this particular Wal-Mart more than likely has more white shoppers buying the white dolls — this is becoming yet another race issue.

Econ 101 says that when a product isn’t moving, the price goes down until it sells, but some minority leaders might want to think twice before setting a bad precedent by intimidating stores into increasing the price of products targeted to minorities.

Besides, if the price of the doll raises the self-image of kids, what would Thelma Dye say if Wal-Mart priced the black dolls twice as much as the white dolls? Would she say that Wal-Mart really cares about the self-image of black kids, or would she accuse them of pricing the dolls so high that black kids are forced to buy the white dolls?

The people who should really be offended are the white trash. This White Trash Barbie was marked down to $1.25, including a pack of smokes and a wife-beater t-shirt:

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6 Responses to “White Barbie Doll Cheaper Than Black Barbie Doll at Wal-Mart: An Economics Lesson for Race Pimps”

  1. Rick on March 9th, 2010 6:21 pm

    Pic.LOL. At first glance I thought Britney,Angelina or Madonna had a new line of dolls…Jesse and Al potatoheads?

    So little justice,so many races…
    The pre-census Census letter arrived today ‘splaining where to go for Census Info in FIVE languages;Six,if you still view English viable.

  2. Nanny on March 9th, 2010 11:14 pm

    I see white trash Barbie all the time in Meijer on the south side of Lansing. You don't need to buy the damn doll when you can see it and pay for it in real life – screaming kids, cart full of crappy food, a couple bottles of booze, all paid for with the taxpayer gift card – known as the "Michigan Bridge Card". And for good measure and little luck she picks up a couple scratch off tickets on her way out.

  3. ceebee on March 10th, 2010 6:29 am

    Typical of walmart. Do you really think these big corporations such as walmart give a damn about people's opinions and feelings? No. The only thing they give a damn about is $, $ and $.

  4. Bryan on March 10th, 2010 9:23 am

    title says "white barbie cheaper than black barbie".

    Story says "cutting the price of a black Barbie doll to nearly half of that of the doll’s white counterpart".

    These do not agree.

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