Lil monkey and pretty panda

How about the representation of Blackness in children s toys not the 50s, 60s, 70s but in 2009. These two dolls, one black one were white were found on sale in Costco – the images speak for themselves.

I’m black and a lil monkey


I’m white and a pretty panda


The report states that the dolls and their captions come in Black, Hispanic and White. Apart from the question why associate children with animals of any kind in the first place, the dolls are a reminder that you cannot sweep the insidious politics of race and gender under the election of a Black President.

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