I just read your 2000 article regarding the golliwog doll. As a child in England in
1955, I had a golliwog doll, and I loved it fiercely. I was then, and am today, totally
unaware of any racist significance attached to its face. In fact, I am now 55 and
a lawyer in America, and Golly remains one of my fondest memories. I am sure the other
little girls I knew, and our parents who gave them to us, felt the same way. I neither
saw then, nor do I now, anything "grotesque" about its face. It is cute and loveable
and I will not accept 21st Century experts telling me the golliwog was evil and unkind.
The Golly was not an object of ridicule; on the contrary, it held a cherished place
among English children's few possessions. Please don't transform history into something
it was not.
-- Feb. 19, 2006
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