NZ Human Rights Commission protects our delicate sensibilities

Knitted dolls can be dangerous I hear particularly if they are black. Cloth dolls also can be extremely harmful if they are… er black. I am not being Raaaacist when I say this because it is none other than the NZ Human Rights Commission who is so determined to protect the delicate sensibilities of people who might find um… black dolls to be offensive.

White knitted dolls are fine apparently and so are white cloth dolls because dolls that look like white people are not offensive or racist but people, selling, buying or loving blacks dolls is. It is doll apartheid and the NZ Human Rights Commission isn’t colour blind.

The doll world is only to be populated by dolls with acceptable skin tones and historical backstories and the NZ Human Rights Commission thinks that black dolls are offensive and harmful.

Golliwogs not harmless, never have been – Human Rights Commission

New Zealanders who think selling golliwogs is OK?”need a wake-up?call”, the Human Rights Commission says.

Human Rights Commission spokeswoman [said]? golliwogs were “racist caricatures that dehumanise black people”.

Little girl holding golliwog, 1926, Walberton, Sussex

Golliwog dolls were created in the United States in the “Jim Crow era of racial segregation,” Ammunson said.

“They’re not harmless dolls and never have been.”

Golliwogs are?made from black fabric, and have?black eyes bordered with white, red lips, white teeth, “frizzy”?hair and minstrel dress.


Americans used ‘black face’ to mock people of African descent.

A Golliwog is an intentional caricature of black face.

The?dolls’ creator,?Florence Kate Upton, based the design?on a black minstrel doll she played with in her childhood home in New York.

[…] Kat, who owns Escapade Boutique, said she tells concerned customers a different version of the dolls’ origins.

“They started off as talismans in England. They were based off chimney sweeps and chimney sweeps were actually white people,” she said.


[…] Instead of trying to ‘educate’ her African-America visitors “this store owner could have learned?a lot from them”,?Ammunson said on Sunday.

The origin story of the Golliwog whether white or black should not affect how they are viewed today. This is the same sick mentality that has seen statues destroyed at Universities around America. Gollywogs are as much a part of our history and traditions as flags and statues of past Prime Ministers. It is nothing more than virtue signalling nonsense to start hyperventilating over a toy that has no racist significance in New Zealand.

To most of us, Golliwogs?are nothing more than warm fuzzy reminders of our childhoods. They weren’t racist then and they still aren’t racist now. Gollis were given to children to love and hug not to teach Racism in New Zealand. We do not have the same Golliwog history as either the UK or America and the American tourists had no right to presume to dictate to a New Zealand shop owner what the dolls represent here in New Zealand.

“These dolls are part of many children’s childhood and I for one never viewed them as anything but a doll. They were never inferior to any other toy, just part of the collection. Erasing them from history is such a terrible idea, in the same way that removing statues of southern generals is. We should embrace all history in order to learn from it,”[…]