Why do people enjoy keeping racism alive? Is it just for the satisfaction of beating their chest and saying "see... I am a good person because I am fighting against racism"? It sure seems so these days.
Individuals can even find racism in a child's toy... but only if that racism is directed at a particular portion of our citizens.
Costco Pulls Doll (8/27/09)
Costco Wholesale Corp. on Thursday apologized to any of its customers who may have been offended by a doll the company pulled from its stores after a complaint about possible racist connotations.
The doll wore a headband that said "Lil' Monkey" and was cuddling with a stuffed monkey. The "Cuddle with Me, Doll with Plush Monkey" doll came in Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic representations.
But shortly after the toys were put up for sale in late July, Costco received a complaint from a customer in North Carolina concerning the version of the doll that showed an African-American baby with the monkey.
It's dumb because all of the dolls of each of the represented cultures have the same outfit, animal and headband. It wasn't as if this company pinpointed just the African-American doll.
I would like to point out the following website called bushorchimp where it posts pictures of George W Bush and monkeys (aka chimps) in various posses trying to point out the similarities. No one went crazy with this website... no one stated that we were some how racist or disrespectful to a President of our country by saying he looks like a monkey. What would happen if they made a similar website called obamaorchimp? I'll tell you what SHOULD happen... exactly the same thing that has happened with this previous website... NOTHING. People need to stop assuming everything is about race... stop keeping people in chains!!
Here is a photo of the other line of dolls. This line is apparently fine and doesn't depict some terrible racist comment.
So... what about all of the little girls who have the doll already? Someone had to purchase it for them. Someone, somewhere is either unaware that this is a problem or is actually **GASP** trying to overcome past racial slurs and move forward. And what about all the others who refuse to buy it... what are they telling their daughters? Are they telling them exactly why they can't have the doll?
Why not just let the child be a child and stop worrying about stupid crap like this? Don't limit a child's imagination in some effort to keep her a a level she need not be... let her grow and overcome and move on and live in a society that doesn't even know what the hell this post is about.