SRtRC urges Scots to refrain from buying overtly racist and demeaning golliwog dolls
The Sale of Golliwog Dolls in two stores on Sauchiehall Street
Coming up to the Festive Season SRtRC is saddened to hear that two gift stores on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow are stocking and selling demeaning Golliwog Dolls.
Perpetuating racist sentiment, the dolls have oversized lips, frizzy black hair and are wearing traditional minstrel attire.
The dolls were originally created by Florence Upton in 1895 who described the dolls as a ‘horrid sight, the blackest gnome’. The dolls have unfortunately been used as a racist caricature of black people since then.
The sale of these dolls perpetuate racism as they hark back to a time when the mockery and stereotyping of black people was considered a social norm rendering black people as submissive and lesser.
SRtRC urges the public to refrain from buying such overtly racist items and we hope the shop selling the dolls would consider taking them out of the store as one cannot profit on the oppression of an entire community.
In a multicultural and ethnically diverse Glasgow, such items no longer have a place.