from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
What next? Ban the black chocolate? Or perhaps white? Should we adapt the PC approved ghetto slang and call a white chocolate a honky chocolate?
It is not idiotic or even stupid as most people would say. The PC commissars know what they are doing. Firstly they stifle the public discourse; after all, anybody can get offended by something sometime, and the commissariat hopes to enlarge that class – everybody should be offended by everything all the time. They would then arbitrate, as all those Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination commission and tribunals are firmly in their hands.
By the way, Tony Abbott’s nomination of a mild conservative Tim Wilson to the Australian Human Rights Commission shows that Liberal Party is indeed a conservative only in the eyes of the extreme Left. That Commission ought to be abolished forthwith. Abbott is a gutless wonder.
Secondly they try to make a certain group to depend on their protection, implying that, for example, people with black skin are not competent to defend themselves and, further, have no sense of humour. They teach people to reach for the writ, instead of wit. Were I a black, I would vociferously object to such denigration.
The recent British uproar about golliwogs can only bring ridicule to the black people everywhere.
By Anna Edwards :
A Conservative councillor, 72, is to undergo diversity training after offending ethnic minorities with her claim that golliwogs are ‘nostalgic, not racist’. In August, Cllr Barnett said she thought golliwogs were ‘nostalgic, not racist’, and she dismissed complaints against a city homestore selling golliwog placemats as ‘political correctness gone too far’. …
Her comments provoked four ‘separate but similar’ complaints from three people and the council’s Black and Minority Ethnic Workers’ Forum. One complainant asked for an apology from Cllr Barnett while another said they wished to see her expelled from the council.
Cllr Barnett, of the Hangleton and Knoll ward, said: ‘They threw out the two most serious charges but said I was guilty of breaching the code of conduct. ‘I am pleased they have let me off on the other two serious charges but very disappointed they have judged I broke the code of conduct.
‘I don’t think it should have got this far, it was a waste of taxpayers’ money and officers’ time. I apologised to anyone who was upset by my comments and that should have been the end of it. I understand the reasons why they had it behind closed doors but there were a lot of upset people outside the meeting that were angry it wasn’t held in public.’
“They” included a monitoring officer, head of complaints, and head of democratic services. Head of democratic services?
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said the incident highlighted the ‘need for training and awareness raising among all councillors on equalities issues’. This will form part of member development in the future, she added.
By Rebecca English : Race doll row hits the royals: Queen has to say sorry for golliwogs on sale at Sandringham.
Buckingham Palace has issued an extraordinary apology after the Queen’s shop at Sandringham was found to be selling golliwogs. … The male and female dolls have been available at the gift shop on the Norfolk estate for more than a year at £9.99 each.
They are made by Trendle International, a family business based in Somerset, who describe their line of ‘gollies’ as one of their most popular ‘speciality’ products. … Officials stressed that the Queen, who is currently in residence on the estate, is not personally involved in choosing the stock sold in her shop. … The 12-inch tall ‘Golly Dolls’, which are understood to have been made in China, were divided into two wicker baskets and were prominently displayed on a central stand in the shop.
For those less familiar with British rag dolls:
HISTORY OF THE GOLLIWOG
The golliwog was a character in children’s books in the late 19th century and usually depicted as a friendly rag doll. Florence Kate Upton struck upon the character and invented the name which at the time had no negative connotations.
In 1894 the first story, The Adventures Of Two Dutch Dolls And A Golliwogg, the doll was initially described as ‘a horrid sight, the blackest gnome’, but turns out in fact to be good, loveable and brave, with a ‘kind face’.
However, the word ‘wog’ began to be used as a derogatory word for black people. First popularised during World War II, it was uttered by some British soldiers as a slur against North Africans.
By the 1960s, both the use of the term ‘golliwog’ and the dolls themselves were under increasing attack. In 1983, the Greater London Council banned Robertson’s products from its jurisdiction, and in 1988 the character was no longer used in TV advertising.
Perhaps that “kind face” is so offensive to the PC shock troopers.