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1) What is the history and context of such tests?
The doll test was a series of tests on African-American children to test the psychological effects of segregation on children being born under the social construct of segregation-white supremacy. The doctors who performed the study were a married couple, who were both psychologists, Dr. Kenneth and Mamie Clark. The test was constructed and conducted within the scope and experience of suppression and inculcation of dark skin children in to a society that held deep animosity and hatred towards them due to their skin color and descendants of slaves who were carried from Africa to the Americas as chattel. In as such the children were not socialized in a cultural context with relation to their ethnic culture and thus their perceptions were, as posited, shaped by the dominant prevailing culture as related to body image and self-awareness and positive self outlook. The children were shown two identical dolls, dressed in diapers, except for skin color and were asked certain questions to ascertain their psychological perception of skin and social behaviors and perceptions.
Following Quoted Text from Wikipedia
“The Clarks’ work contributed to the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in which it determined that de jure racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote in the Brown v. Board of Education opinion, “To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely to ever be undone.””
2) Has this kind of test been applied in the way as was done here and if not what were the differences?
In previous tests the environment was more controlled; in the test presented, the environment was loud and there was a helper, or translator for the child who could not understand English very well. There were microphones used to ask the children questions and receive their answers so it seems like it was a test that was being shared with spectators. In the test presented, there was an addition in relation to the image of God. Children were shown three picture renditions of a deity and was asked “Does any of these pictures looks like God to you?” The child was then prompted to choose the picture which resembles God to them.
3) What cultural ethnic groups has this kind of test been applied to in the past?
African American, Caucasian American, African Italian
4) Are there any cautions in conducting such a test and are there any established ethical standards and or protocols for preventing harm, and promoting results that are statistically significant and useful for the positive evolution of society?
I am not aware of any established ethical standards and or protocols for conducting such a test besides the template set out by the founders of the test. The outcome of the test did help the argument made in Brown V. Board of Education, however there seems to be no other essential outcomes of the test that has marked change on American society with regards to race relations, race perceptions and racism. This test, could reinforce strongly held prejudices and not challenge them sufficiently, however the test was not designed to challenge negative race perceptions but rather to reveal how if any negative impact segregation has on children, at the time. Now the test demonstrates that the self image of African Americans has positively changed however their Caucasian counterparts still hold deep seeded racial beliefs first revealed by the test.
5) Is it appropriate for a layperson to conduct such a test or should it be conducted by a person with training in the area of child psychology, the nuances of speech inflection, the child’s desire to please, memory and how personal issues, paradigms or cultural predispositions can unintentionally influence responses and results?
No, considering the ramifications and implications of the test, it is not appropriate for a layperson to give such a test.
6) Is the dismemberment of a doll, in front of a child, a proper and /or effective way to drive home a point and if so, what do you think the effect was on the children used in this test?
No, the dismemberment of the doll was not proper especially with regards to the context of which it was done, just after a test in which the child’s preference was tested. The child may not understand the ramifications of the test, or why he or was being asked to choose one doll over the other. Children are very sensitive, their minds are very supple, the ego not yet fully forged, in the current lifetime; thus they are very impressionable. In as such the child could internalize and develop deep seeded hatred, animosity, dislike towards people of light skin color. Race is not an absolute reality nor a true social construct and thus the idea is to develop an understanding of the inherent Divine nature of all beings. The reaction to oppression should not be hatred and more oppression.
7) Is there a possibility of such a test causing harm to the subjects or the society?
Yes, because it can reinforce already held strong racial beliefs and encrust the erroneous posit of race in the mind of the participant and in those interpreting said test. The idea of race is untenable under strict examination of genetics and metaphysical examination of the soul and abstract natures (PMH 9 Aspects) of the human personality.
8) Would a test as performed be expected to produce long-term changes in the test subjects of the society.
No, the human personality does not change through empirical means because empiricism is insufficient to handle the forces and attributes of the unconscious mind (AB). The four-fold practice of Sheuat Neter and the physiologies of the other mystic paths, are designed specifically to rout out the indwelling ignorance that causes afflictions and pain and suffering. Thus, empiricism can attribute causes and results, but do not approach the root cause of human ignorance. Therefore intellectualism, as perceived in modern culture, is incapacitated by the destructive forces (Amit) of the unconscious. In as such the central issue is the re-birth process and falling in to time and space with its various conditions and modes of suffering. To transform society through ethics takes a long time and is very arduous, for every ethical stance there can be a posited antithesis. The anthesis may or may not comport with reality, but the anthesis becomes the causative factor for struggle; through struggle change can happen, but the change may not be substantial. So children may be allowed to go to school and read etc. but implicit biases and racial disparages may remain within the educational system because the antithesis is the counterforce to the ethical stance. To remove the counterforce, in the opinion of this writer, is to eliminate the idea of race altogether and for that to occur, the wisdom and science of soul must be central to the society, concomitant with the Maatian underlying basis of human structure.
9) If the tests suggest protocols to be adopted by the society (parents, teachers, governments leaders. Etc.) how would those changes be suggested and implemented and supervised?
By a governmental agency of trained professionals in the area of racial attitudes and racial science. So classes would have to be instituted on all levels of the educational system to deconstruct the idea of race as a social construct.
10) Should there be follow up with children A) to track their reactions to the test and B) to track changes over time with the protocols for societal changes suggested by the experiment? If so, how should the follow up be conducted and by whom?
Yes a follow up would be appropriate. But the efficacy of the follow up may be in question as the test is only a single experience in the total life of the child. If they were tested every few months and given education in race then that would make it efficacious to do follow ups. If it is a single test and then see the child many years later with no interventions prior to the follow up, then the probability of change would have to be hypothesized to be very low to negligible. In the context of follow up the test is very limited, the subjective perception and interpretation of the child is being used as an objective qualifier, thus there would need to be and extension of the test, perhaps a questionnaire to be asked periodically. So there would need to be a team of researchers and educators working together to collect the data and perform the education to mark valid changes over time. The students will have to work with educator who themselves are free from racial prejudice and animosity.
11) Considering your researchers and reflections, what do you think of the setup of the experiment from a scientific point of view?
It was not a controlled environment so perhaps the experiment cannot be reproduced because there were, it seems, standards to conduct the experiment.
12) CLERGY OF SHETAUT NETER STUDIES RELEVANCE: The Hemu of Shetait Neter may view the experiment as inconsequential to the central issue of human existence. In a secular society, this type of experiment would be given much more relevance than in a mystical society. In a mystical society, the manifestation of matter is acknowledged, its expression is ascertained, but the, and experimentation of its properties are accepted as aspects of knowledge, but when we approach the question of hatred and perception, these are spiritual issues, spiritual problems of the heart. In as such the whole premise of the US is brought under question due to its genesis and thus to make the US a more equitable nation, there needs to be struggle and conflict of a material type and this then becomes the focus of the population. The true struggle is within us, it is the battle waged between the higher and lower self. If we project this struggle unto the world with a cultural context that is faulty from its very inception, then these issues actually become a distraction.
13) CLERGY OF SHERAUT NETER STUDIES RELEVANCE: Considering your researches on this issue and your current knowledge about Neterian Ethics, how would you approach the question of doing such a test?
I would respectfully decline.