To make a paper doll you need paper, utensils used for drawing and/or coloring, an imagination, and illustrated clothing for the doll. Now, go back 150 years and make that paper doll black. To the previous list of materials, add a hidden agenda, hatred and cruelty toward a certain people, and a narrow definition of beauty.
Blackness has always been a spectacle. It’s always been a groundbreaking news story, movement or piece of art. Photographers such as Danny Lyon and Bruce Davidson made blackness newsworthy, and photographers such as Gordon Parks and Roy DeCarava made it beautiful.