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Gift shop selling golliwog doll backs artist as racism debate reignites

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

When Jacqui Buchanan was given two handmade dolls to sell in her North Canterbury shop, The Kaiapoi Collective, she did not anticipate a backlash.

Golliwogs are made from black fabric and have black eyes bordered with white, red lips, white teeth, frizzy hair and minstrel dress. They began appearing in the late 1800s.

A Human Rights Commission spokeswoman said golliwogs were offensive because “they perpetuate the sort of stereotypes that often underpin racism”.

But Buchanan said the word golliwog was not used in the post and she had simply admired them for the workmanship, including hand-painted clothing.

What do you think? Are Golliwogs harmless, or is there no place for them in society today? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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