A shopkeeper has been banned from selling Enid Blyton inspired golliwogs at a vintage market for fear they might cause racial offence.
Viv Endecott, who sells merchandise inspired by the children’s author, has pulled out of this weekend’s Boscombe Vintage Market rather than agree to the order from Bournemouth council.
Miss Endecott says the council’s equality and diversity manager told her that, although he accepted she was not racist, the toys could cause offence to overseas students and spark public order problems.
Public order problems..? In Boscombe..?!?
Miss Endecott, who is of mixed race, runs the Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle, where she says she sells hundreds of golliwogs a year.
Being ‘of mixed race’ doesn’t get you anything in Victimhood Poker, and Miss Endicott has realised:
She said: “It seems to be part of the English psyche to avoid dialogue about race rather than to explain the cultural background of something, and nigh on impossible to challenge those who set themselves up as anti-racists.”
And yet challenge them we must, or they win…
A statement from Carol Maund, Bournemouth council’s arts development officer, said: “It is widely accepted in modern society that golliwogs are acknowledged as having racist connotations.
“In the same way that the Queen stopped her Sandringham Estate shop selling golliwogs, the council and the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival are not prepared to be associated with anything that may be perceived as racist.
“We have spoken to Ms Endecott on a number of occasions, and, whilst we are not suggesting she is in any way prejudiced, we have asked her not to sell golliwogs at the Light Night event.”
Have you ‘asked her’? Or have you insisted?
And what would you do if she did sell them?