>I came across this while visiting someone’s home:
Yes, folks. I came across this in someone’s home. In case you’re lost, it’s a life-size (3-foot) mammy doll. Considering where I’m located (on the northern end of metro Atlanta), this type of decor isn’t surprising. Earlier in the day, someone had a smaller type of doll that was sitting on top of a shelf or a cabinet.
When I saw it, I honestly didn’t get mad or offended. I was probably more shocked/surprised than anything. Shocked to see this type of doll in plain view and surprised the homeowner didn’t seem to think (or care) that I may be offended by such decor.
I’m always fascinated by a person who decides to dive into a collection such as this. Maybe it’s similar to those who collect items with the Confederate battle emblem or KKK items. Or even golliwog dolls.
Nevertheless, why collect something so offensive as this?
What value (if any) does having a collection of mammies (and other racially/ethnically/gender insensitive items) give a person? What do you say when you’re asked why you choose to collect something so offensive? Maybe the people who collect items with the rebel flag or the KKK symbols can possibly make the argument about being Southern history buffs/Civil War enthusiasts.
What kind of argument could a person who collect mammy replicas make for taking up such a hobby? That you are fascinated by one of several stereotypical images of black women that continue to hang over our heads varying forms (read: overweight black women portrayed in Tyler Perry and other filmaker’s movies/television shows)?
Anyway, it was an interesting day, to say the least.
Have you ever encountered something similar to this at a person’s home? What did you do/say when you saw the doll or statue? Did you find it offensive?