Someone probably should do a study on this. You would have to factor in the parents' influence also. Would a black parent buy a white GI Joe or Barbie doll if given a choice between skin color if they are shopping without the child in tow? I doubt it. Would a black parent question their child if the child showed preference for a white figure? I think they would. Few children get to make these decisions on their own, so I think one would have to look at the bigger picture before claiming facts. I lived in Crown Heights Brooklyn for over a year and saw lots of little black kids playing with predominately black action figures and dolls, there were some white ones thrown into the mix, but mostly child and doll matched up. However, I have no idea if the local stores had unsold white dolls clogging up the inventory.
As to history, as a Jewish child, I got the idea that my people disappeared between the death of Jesus and the Holocaust. In public school, in the 1960-s-70's, I learned a lot about slavery, Jim Crow, and the early Civil Rights movement, but never a word was mentioned about the pogroms of Europe that drove my relatives to this country. In English I read Cry The Beloved Country
, The Invisible Man
, and Uncle Tom's Cabin
. The only literary Jew I remember was Shylock. I can only imagine how a Chinese American student feels about their lack of representation. To the victors go the school curriculum.