Black rag dolls with instructions on how to abuse them were removed from the shelves in One Dollar Zone stores in New Jersey for customers and a state assembly woman who called the puppets racist.
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The dolls, made with black fabric and hair made of red, black, green and yellow yarn, have a tag that instructs the doll owner to grab it "stuck to the legs and find a wall to slam" while I shout "I feel me good. I'm feeling good. "
After first having seen the puppets on social media, N. J. Assembly Wife Angela V. McKnight joined a One Dollar Zone in Bayonne, N.J. – in the district she represents – to see the dolls for themselves. She posted pictures of the doll on his Facebook page along with a statement that calls the dolls offensive.
“Racism has no place in the world, and I will not tolerate it, especially not in this district. When I saw the doll personally, I waved myself and became really discouraged by the idea of a black child being beaten by another child or adult for pure pleasure. Having a product that shows or teaches children that it is OK to meet another child, regardless of race, to feel good is sick. Dolls should be a symbol of love, care and affection.
To his credit, One Dollar Zone apologizes and quickly removed the problematic dolls from the store shelves.
President of a Dollar Zone Ricky Shah said the company immediately pulled the puppets from the store shelves after customers expressed concern for them.
"One Dollar Zone deeply regrets this incident," Shah said.
One Dollar Zone said the controversial dolls were part of an assorted 35,000 unit purchase. The company said it was trying to vet all the items, but failed to catch everything.
The dolls came in two other colors, green and yellow, added the company.
The manufacturer of the dolls is Harvey Hutter Co. The company's phone numbers are disconnected and the site no longer exists.
Given the story of black dolls in this country – starting with Dr. Kenneth and Mamie Clark's landmark survey, also known as the "puppet test" – wondering how a doll like this one was even made. At other thought, given this country's history, no one needs to wonder at all.