I am on a selling site and someone is selling a babies cot. Inside the cot is a gollywog, I literally scrolled past and had to go back as I was so surprised. Haven't seen one of these in a long while and thought most people knew they were considered racist. And in a babies cot of all places, aibu in thinking it's inappropriate as to give as a toy now??
When you know what they are meant to represent they are offensive. Having said that I have a number of gollywog badges and was shocked as a teenager to discover what they were meant to represent. As in my mind that was daft as they look nothing like black people. I simply didn't connect black people and golly wogs
Sorry never knew they were now called gollies. Well I did really do a double take seeing it sat there in a cot. I can maybe imagine someone having one from child hood that they really liked so didn't want to part with it but kept it hidden but sat there right in a babies cot does makes me feel uncomfortable.
Arguably, though, referring to them without the offensive part of the original name is minimising just how offensive they were and are, and making it far more conveniently baggage-free for those who still insist they're 'harmless' .
I didn’t say whether I personally find them offensive. I stated that the name used was. But for the record yes I do think they are offensive. I can understand if someone keeps a vintage one at the back of a cupboard somewhere as it was given to them by their departed but much loved grandma when they were a child but I can’t understand giving on either to your child today.