About This Journey…
In 1957 the Supreme Court moved to desegregate American public schools. One key factor in that decision was the famous ‘Doll Test’ devised by Dr. Kenneth Clark. Dr. Clark gave young black children two dolls to play with – one black, one white – and asked them a series of questions about each doll. The experiment revealed that racial segregation caused major psychological damage to children’s self-image, and that the doctrine of “separate but equal” was a charade which the Supreme Court moved to strike down in their historic Brown v. Board of Education Ruling.
For years I worked at a Civil Rights group where I was in charge of updating and maintaining the organization’s website. I also tried to push the idea of re-creating the doll test within an app that children could try in schools around the country. With modern technology you could track the interactions by location, based on age, income, neighborhood etc, giving a more detailed picture of how segregation impacts youths today.
Unfortunately, app developers don’t come cheap, and the costs were too prohibitive to seriously consider.
Never one to admit defeat I decided to learn programming in order to create a doll test app and bring to light the continuing segregation in public schools. But aside from that narrow purpose I’ve always had an interest in technology, and always felt an urge to create software that looked and behaved as I wanted. For example I hate every to do list app I’ve tried, they’re all so ugly. Wish I could make my own. I hate my note taking app, my email client, they all feel clunky to me – I want to make my own.
JQUERY, REACT, ANGULAR, ETC…
Wish me luck! –