Black rag dolls meant to be ‘whacked’ teaches racism says New Jersey politician

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The “Feel Better Dolls” which received so much backlash were reportedly pulled from stores around New Jersey after complaints they teach racism.
  • The black rag doll has instructions stitched onto its torso urging people to slam it against a wall and scream, “I feel good. I feel good.”
  • New Jersey assemblywoman Angela McKnight issued a statement saying, “To have a product depict or teach children that it is OK to hit another child, regardless of race, in order to feel good is sick.”

The “Feel Better Dolls” which received so much backlash were reportedly pulled from stores around New Jersey after shoppers and politicians began complaining that they teach racism.

The instructions read: “Just grab it firmly by the legs and find a wall to slam the doll and as you whack the “feel good doll” do not forget to yell “I feel good. I feel good.”

New Jersey assemblywoman Angela McKnight issued a statement saying she was disgusted when she learned about the rag dolls and saw them being sold at the One Dollar Zone in Bayonne, one of the districts she represents.

Photo Credit: Assemblywoman Angela McKnight/Facebook
Photo Credit: Assemblywoman Angela McKnight/Facebook

“Racism has no place in the world and I will not tolerate it, especially not in this district,” McKnight wrote.

“When I saw the doll in person, I cringed and was truly disheartened by the thought of a black child being beaten by another child or an adult for pure pleasure. To have a product depict or teach children that it is OK to hit another child, regardless of race, in order to feel good is sick,” she added.

Mayor Jimmy Davis of Bayonne described the dolls as “insensitive” in a Facebook post last week— adding they “can certainly be considered racist.”

“Aside from the shock of seeing such an insensitive product being sold in our community, I am grateful for the people that saw it and said something immediately!” the mayor wrote.

One Dollar Zone president Ricky Shah blamed the sale of the dolls in his stores on an oversight, saying a large shipment of “I Love NY” items was not thoroughly checked, according to a report by the New York Post.

The Harvey Hutter Co., the doll’s manufacturer cannot be reached even after repeated attempts to be contacted by phone and online. It seems the New York-based company has gone out of business.

 Global Souvenir Marketing, the company’s supplier, also did not respond to requests for comment.

 

Source: Inside Edition

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