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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Idiots Keeping Racism Alive and Well

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.

For instance...

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.


Candice said...

Amazing article. The end.

Clifton B said...

That is a tough call. The whole black/ monkey theme is such a well known racist put down. Even with the White and Hispanic counterparts, I would be hard pressed to decide about producing the black version of the doll. That being said, how much do you want to bet that if the black version of the doll was omitted, someone still would have screamed raaaaacism?

Bug said...

Hi Clifton... thanks for your comments.

I know the monkey theme (as you call it) has a history (although honestly, I do not know where it came from or exactly why it was every created). I think my point is that somewhere along the line these types of things have to be put to an end. We (those who are old enough to know that these things have a hidden meaning) can just not say them or make hints towards them... but children... why not just let a child be a child.

I have a 40-something friend who honestly had no idea what-so-ever that this was an issue. She works in Seattle so she isn't living under a rock... but she just didn't know. It's not because she is ignorant, it's because her family and friends and those around her never said anything of that nature.

So it can work... things can be overcome... but only if we let them.

Oh, I know there are things we can not forget (like lets say... 911) but some things that just keep us divided can be overcome. There are so many stereo-types and little whispers of what this means or what that means when in reality it means nothing at all.

Side Note: I was born under the Chinese New Year of the monkey. That really has no relevance here but I'm wondering if it would ever be considered wrong to say to someone "you're a monkey" when they mean it based on the year of their birth.

On the note of whether or not they would have screamed racism if the black version was NOT created... I think there would have been controversy because someone would have said "See... they didn't create a black doll because they KNOW it's racist to do so". Either way, someone would have pointed at it and screamed. This is what "political correctness" has come to... keeping the hate alive.

david drake said...

Anyone know where I can buy a Arabic "Lil Terrorist" doll? ;-)

I want to know what the marketing rep and/or designer of the doll was thinking when he/she thought up, "let's put a headband on the black baby doll that reads 'Lil Monkey.'" wtf?!

I agree with Clifton, if there hadn't been a black doll it would have been considered racism because there wasn't one.

Bad idea for the wording on the head band. Is it racist? Maybe. Surely there are many more egregious examples of racism that need to be tackled.

Sometimes I almost think companies pull stunts like this on purpose to create a stir for publicity, but then with this example you;d think it would create a boycott reaction and atmosphere. On the other hand, sometime I think stunts like this are intentional to produce an item that will ulitmately command top dollar as a controversial product that was on sale a short time, then pulled from the shelves. But you can buy one on e-bay for $2,500. Know what I mean?

Bug said...

That's fabulous... "Lil Terrorist" Doll! HA!!!

I do agree that it was in poor taste and foolish of those who designed the doll. Personally, I think it's the head band that makes it cross the line more than the actual monkey that accompanies the doll.

... isn't it okay to make a few bucks on the side?

David Drake said...

It is okay to make a few bucks on the side. I wish I had bought 500 of them if they were selling as collector items on ebay. 20/20 hindsight...story of my life. ;)

May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~