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Are Golliwog Dolls Racist?

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Are Golliwog Dolls Racist

Golliwogs dolls have made a comeback after being banned in a worldwide crusade against racism.

Stores along Queensland's tourist strips have reported a heavy sale of dolls, particularly to visitors from abroad, News.com.au reports.

Nostalgia-driven Baby Boomers are also buying black dolls, renamed gollies, as gifts for their grandchildren.

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  • mewycg 2012/05/21 10:26:03
    No
    mewycg
    +8
    They should just make them in all colors so the world won't have to ban them.

    cute cloth dolls

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  • cherelle 2012/12/01 00:51:45
    No
    cherelle
    +1
    rasict dolls get rid of them asap
  • P. Sturm 2012/06/06 13:10:27
    Yes
    P. Sturm
    +1
    Since the term itself is used that way, you'betcha. On the obverse side of the coin, in the stories, the golliwog actually nearly always a heroic character, who was misunderstood at first but led the children out of harms way at the end as I recall them.
  • ruthannhausman 2012/06/06 01:17:29
    No
    ruthannhausman
    +1
    Get a grip. I think the racist theme has been played out to the max. They're little dolls for little girls to play with, for Pete's sake.
  • Hirnungah Mancandy 2012/05/24 17:43:38
    Yes
    Hirnungah Mancandy
    +1
    I PERSONALY FILE THEM UNDER - RACIST KITCH -
  • RS 2012/05/23 04:30:32
    No
    RS
    +2
    It is a toy doll. We need to lighten up.
  • Sayer Stewart 2012/05/23 03:30:20
    No
    Sayer Stewart
    +2
    Just because they're black doesnt mean that it's racist.
  • blindfaith 2012/05/22 13:47:19
    No
    blindfaith
    +5
    Touchy subject, lol. They were just dolls at a time when the general public were more tolerant, and not being policed by the whinging Liberal elitists !! Yes i know it was post slavery days, blah, blah, blah, but the point is...they were seen by children as dolls, no more no less.
  • Billy the kid 2012/05/22 10:31:29 (edited)
    No
    Billy the kid
    +6
    Absolutely not -other than to those very tiresome people who insist in seeing everything in a 'racist' context. You might as well say if somebody makes a doll in the 'likeness' of
    ' Billy Bunter' for example that it is a slur on all white people as they are being portrayed as fat, ugly and greedy-which is associated with Billy's character in the books!
    No SENSIBLE person believes that 'Golliwogs' are what a typical ethnic minority resembles-no more than a doll of 'action man' or 'Superman' -looks remotely like your average 'white guy.' Absolute piffle!!
    Note that I stressed 'no sensible person' thinks that Golliwogs represent those of ethnic minorities. If there ARE individuals who DO believe these dolls are representative of such people, then those individual really are way beyond any help that can be offered them..

    billy bunter
  • reg Billy t... 2012/05/22 16:31:05
    reg
    +3
    read some of the comments to my answers ray. you ok? seen my latest vids?
  • Billy t... reg 2012/05/23 12:55:33
    Billy the kid
    +2
    I am fine Reg-and yes- i have seen your latest excellent vids! Hope you are keeping well yourself,M8.
  • reg Billy t... 2012/05/24 14:49:52
    reg
    +2
    so far ok. i am walking the only hills in norfolkm on saturday at the diesel gala. the weather looks promising
  • Lizzy Billy t... 2012/05/23 08:11:06
    Lizzy
    +2
    Well said Ray.
  • Dzeeng 2012/05/22 05:53:17
    No
    Dzeeng
    +1
    I don't know
  • nolaphile 2012/05/22 05:40:05
    No
    nolaphile
    +2
    It's a toy.
    If someone wants to get creative how about a green version called a pollywog or a white version called a lily-paddy. Remember you heard it here, first ;)
  • Dave 2012/05/22 05:21:28
    Yes
    Dave
    +2
    When I was a boy these were called pickaninny dolls. Just because you change the name doesn't make it less offensive.

    Personal story - during the 1970s we had this great reason to get drunk on a weekend. A group of us would search out those racist black lawn jockeys. Once we found one we'd steal it off the owner's lawn. We'd take it home or to someone's garage and repaint it as a blonde haired, blue eyed, peach colored jockey. We did a nice job and would get drunk doing it. Then once teh paint dried or the following weekend we'd take it back to the owner's house. Besides a fun thing to do on a weekend we felt we were changing people's view of these offensive lawn ornaments.
  • reg Dave 2012/05/22 16:33:56
    reg
    +1
    i see....so you are a thief and a property destroyer also.......but then you were young and worse the wear so............
  • Dave reg 2012/05/27 06:37:55
    Dave
    +2
    No - those lawn jockeys were insulting: tar black skin color woth big red lips and white eyes. Actually we did a nice job painting them up to look like white people and we always returned them.
  • reg Dave 2012/05/28 15:53:22
    reg
    +1
    fair doos.
  • beach bum 2012/05/22 03:16:21
    Yes
    beach bum
  • disclaimer 2012/05/22 03:15:12
    No
    disclaimer
    +1
    Well, they are. But it isn't a big deal. They're cute. Just make them in different colors if you want to avoid racism.
  • Jana ♥ ♥ ♥ 2012/05/22 00:31:24
    No
    Jana ♥ ♥ ♥
    +3
    golliwog jam logo golliwog jam logo

    I had a golliwog doll when I was growing up nothing racist about it..
  • reg Jana ♥ ♥ ♥ 2012/05/22 16:29:12
    reg
    +2
    you should read the replies to some of my comments...truly interesting.
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/05/21 22:06:56
    No
    Swampdog PWCM
    +1
    Who knows? Ask them what they think of the KKK and NAACP.
  • Singerar 2012/05/21 21:56:32
    No
    Singerar
    +1
    It's just a toy.
  • Debs 2012/05/21 19:49:18
    No
    Debs
    +3
    No of course not.neither are Sindy and Barbie because they are DOLLs not an effigy..
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/05/21 19:44:48
    No
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    +3
    Compared to the millions of white Barbies and other toys..
    Who cares?
    Why is the colour of the doll such a big deal?
  • Honeybuns 2012/05/21 18:19:26
    No
    Honeybuns
    +3
    I never heard or saw these dolls before. But im african american and these dolls do not seem racist to me.Unless they were made to be races. I dont know. But just because the doll is the color black .Does not mean it represents african american people.
  • RS Honeybuns 2012/05/23 04:33:27
    RS
    +1
    Good point. We forget that intent often matters when it comes to this stuff.
  • Honeybuns RS 2012/05/23 18:45:35
    Honeybuns
    +1
    Thanks it was a last minute thought to.
  • lonewolf 2012/05/21 18:01:36
    No
    lonewolf
    +2
    I WANT ONE!!!
  • D.C.Verdone 2012/05/21 17:52:06
    No
    D.C.Verdone
    +3
    If you take it as being racist then you are just looking for a fight. Get over yourself they just like making money off of the dolls now. (I'm talking about now)
  • Jan 2012/05/21 17:24:31
    No
    Jan
    +5
    I still have a treasured golliwog and wouldn't part with him for anything. Like other dolls he is a toy and played an important part in my childhood. I'd have felt sad if I'd been the only child I knew of not to own one.
  • Eccles 2012/05/21 14:49:21 (edited)
    No
    Eccles
    +5
    Are Gingerbread Men an affront to Redheads , is Snow White a White supremacist, Is Big Ears a Pederast.

    Enough of this already.
  • mrsgera... Eccles 2012/05/21 15:06:52 (edited)
    mrsgerardwayalways
    +3
    this is a very good point!!! :)
  • Dave mrsgera... 2012/05/22 05:24:23
    Dave
    +1
    Really? Kind'a lame reasoning I'd say. lol
  • Aly Hart 2012/05/21 13:34:20 (edited)
    Yes
    Aly Hart
    +5
    As a black person I would know. I feel terrible for saying it but they're so cute I can't really get that angry.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/21 13:14:28
    No
    HarleyCharley
    +4
    you can find racism anywhere if you look hard enough.....
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/05/21 13:06:19
    No
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    +2
    It is not Racist
  • La 2012/05/21 12:41:22
    No
    La
    +4
    I don't see how they would be. I have one :D It's adorable
  • Donald Eric Kesler 2012/05/21 10:59:34
    No
    Donald Eric Kesler
    +2
    I am actually undecided. Their origins are mired in racism, but I am not sure what to make of this new incarnation.

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