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Old 07-10-06, 10:48 AM
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Racist or Not - Mammy Doll

My friend got me a "mammy doll" for my house. Her mom is from Mississippi and has lots of them at her house. It kinda looks like this:




It is three feet tall and holds a basket in her hands.

Some friends think it is racist and inappropriate to have in the house, some don't care. What do the Others think?
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Old 07-10-06, 10:50 AM
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Do you have a picture of your friend?
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Old 07-10-06, 10:52 AM
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Hard to say. Did you let them bring her in the front door of the house, or did you make them go around to the back?
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Old 07-10-06, 10:53 AM
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I would say that it depends on the person, as most things are not racist on their own.
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Old 07-10-06, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I would say that it depends on the person, as most things are not racist on their own.
on what person? me, my friend or whoever sees the doll?
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Old 07-10-06, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I would say that it depends on the person, as most things are not racist on their own.
What he said. People who see racism in everything would probably see racism in this as well. How you present it also matters, but on it's own, I don't see the doll as racist.
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Do you have a picture of your friend?
yes, but its frowned upon to post pictures of other people on here without their permission
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Old 07-10-06, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Venusian
on what person? me, my friend or whoever sees the doll?

The owner of the doll. If you have it strung up in a diorama with a little tree and little guys with robes and hoods on, it is probably an indication of a racist owning it, or a sick sense of humor. If it just sits on a shelf or in the kitchen in an otherwise normal home, I don't see how it could be racist. Unless, there are people who also think you are a racist for using Aunt Jemima Syrup. If that is the case, you can't help those people from seeing racism in everything.
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I think mammy dolls are pretty racist.
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Old 07-10-06, 11:01 AM
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No. People need to stop looking so hard.

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Old 07-10-06, 11:02 AM
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I would say as a whole that it is not racist in and of itself. You could however use it in a racist manner if you desired quite easily.....
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
The owner of the doll. If you have it strung up in a diorama with a little tree and little guys with robes and hoods on, it is probably an indication of a racist owning it, or a sick sense of humor. If it just sits on a shelf or in the kitchen in an otherwise normal home, I don't see how it could be racist. Unless, there are people who also think you are a racist for using Aunt Jemima Syrup. If that is the case, you can't help those people from seeing racism in everything.
well she is just standing in the kitchen for now.

a friend said it was racist so another friend suggested we dispose of it by burning it. first friend didn't think that was a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Venusian
another friend suggested we dispose of it by burning it.

Now THAT'S racist.....
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I don't understand why people would think that doll is racism. I see it as doll, not color of skin.
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"another friend suggested we dispose of it by burning it."

Uhhh..bad idea...


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Old 07-10-06, 11:15 AM
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It kinda reminds me of those statues people used to put in their front yard of the small boy holding the lantern. For some reason I always thought he was a stable boy. I wouldn't put one of those in the front of my house personally. I opted for a bird bath.
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Old 07-10-06, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by McHawkson
I don't understand why people would think that doll is racism. I see it as doll, not color of skin.
What about this one, which just recently sold on eBay?




It saddens me that anyone would seriously be interested in obtaining something like that.....
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Old 07-10-06, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by parker63
"another friend suggested we dispose of it by burning it."

Uhhh..bad idea...





Auntie's Recipe for Home-Baked Zuni Doll ... season as you wish, but DON'T OPEN THAT OVEN DOOR!
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Old 07-10-06, 11:20 AM
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well she is just standing in the kitchen for now.
SEXIST!!!!!
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Old 07-10-06, 11:21 AM
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It saddens me that anyone would seriously be interested in obtaining something like that.....
Oh, I dunno. Maybe they plan to stick pins in it.
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Old 07-10-06, 11:24 AM
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If you own it and think it is racist, then stop asking Internet people about it and get rid of it if it bothers you or just put it somewhere else that isn't so prominent and most of the time nobody sees it.

If you find it racist, call the NAACP & turn your friend who bought it in so they can protest in front of their house. That'll teach that racist bastard!
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Only if you put Barbie's laundry in the basket.
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Old 07-10-06, 11:30 AM
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i said it wasn't racist if i had it since i'm brown. someone said that was a double standard. someone else suggested i put a dot on her forehead, then people can't complain
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