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Stop CandyTime from selling racist dolls

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The CandyTime store at Westfield Carindale in Brisbane, Queensland, is selling golliwog dolls. These dolls are symbols of a racist and intolerant time in world history, where dehumanising caricatures served to 'other' people of colour, present us as horrific and backward individuals, and encourage segregation between white and black people. Moreover, these dolls have been used to demean and humiliate people of colour from many different races, despite being most commonly known as racist items in the United States and United Kingdom. The dolls have also been used to incite racial hatred here in Australia. The fact that this history is not well documented is more a result of deeply racist and ignorant government policies rather than evidence that this didn't happen.

This petition is for people who believe that profiting from the sale of items with a history of racial hatred is completely unethical, and has no place in a civilised society.

More to the point, however, racism is racism. How can we defend a decision to allow racist caricatures to be advertised and sold in a suburban store?

I have an Aboriginal child. How can I raise him to believe that his history, culture, and values will be respected when this is happening?

If we are to build an inclusive future, we need to understand the mechanisms by which people feel marginalised and devalued. This is one of those mechanisms. Help us to build a better, more understanding Australia.

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