Black-faced doll on sale in tourist shops in Australia
A race row has erupted in Australia over the popular return of golliwog dolls to tourist shops in Queensland.
The black-faced dolls, imported from China by an Australian firm, have begun appearing in tourist and novelty shops in resorts north of Brisbane – and Aboriginal elders are furious.
Mr Bob Weatherall, chairman of the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Policy, said the dolls were ‘offensive’ and should be banned.
‘It doesn’t bring unity within a community,’ he told Brisbane’s Courier Mail.
‘It doesn’t bring back equity.’
Golliwog dolls have been widely condemned as racist and campaigns have succeeded in their removal from the public eye, particularly in Britain, the U.S. and Europe.
But they have begun to make a comeback in Australia, with stores in Queensland reporting strong sales, particularly to older people who are reminded of dolls from their childhood.