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OK Nesrine, I’ll think about it

Is a British pub racist for displaying golliwogs? Think how that question makes people of colour like me feel
Nesrine Malik

OK, done that, thought for a bit. I don’t give a toss.

One of the reasons being that you’re Sudanese, from the Arab side of that country (as was, before Sotuh Sudan etc). Your cousins – of what distance we’re not sure as yet – were out enslaving the folk who look like the Golliwogs only twenty and thirty years ago. We stopped doing that 200 years ago and instead turned them into dolls and labels on jam jars. Oh, and little figurines with a saxophone that you could collect – and the dolls.

Now, you want us to get all teary eyed about the dolls while your countrymates enslave?

In fact, it’s not just that I don’t give a toss it’s that you can sod off n’all. As and when you start giving your original homeland (yes, I do know you’ve immigrated here and are now British etc) the same sort of analysis, start treating the Janjaweed, their treatment of the Dinka, the excessive and gross racism of your homeland, as being what it is then we might be willing to give a toss over your whining about dollies. Those dollies which aren’t even a representation of you, but of the people your native society oppresses far more than we do.

22 thoughts on “OK Nesrine, I’ll think about it”

  1. If someone were to make golliwogs in a variety of skin tones and wearing Pride badges, I wonder how many heads would explode.

  2. Think how that question makes people of colour like me feel

    That’s why I’m on the side of the gollies.

  3. “We cope with the micro slights and othering. But what are we to do when openly racist attitudes are exploited for political gain?”

    You’ve just othered yourself in your strapline, love.

  4. Arthur the cat- A certain young one of my acquaintance told me about a Roblox game. Zulu war. Since i’ve read quite a bit about that conflict i looked it up. Yep quite a simple game. The British redcoats with pith helmets and martini-henris defend rouke’s drift against waves of Zulu warriors with their assigais, leopord skin headbands. Very surprised that is on there. The twist though is the charging Zulus are all pink. Needless to say the Brits come in multiple shades.

  5. HB my wife and I were in the gardening centre the other day, she was about to buy some rigger gloves.

    But I convinced her that’s cultural appropriation.

    (I’ll get my coat.)

  6. One of the resounding successes of the “anti-racists” is to make racism extremely popular.
    50 years ago, when I was on jury service, the jury was lectured on how racist it would be to think that because the defendant was black he should automatically be found guilty of stealing a car radio.
    Now, we have the view, relished by progressives and the BBC, that if you hate people because their skin is white, that’s a GOOD THING. Their corollary is that if your skin is of a dusky hue, you are perfect and should not be criticised for any of your actions.
    By the way, the eye witnesses convinced us that he was guilty, which led the barrister to rant at how racist we were, despite the judge telling him to belt up.

  7. Their corollary is that if your skin is of a dusky hue, you are perfect and should not be criticised for any of your actions.

    Unless you’re Kwasi Kwarteng, Suella Braverman, Priti Patel etc. in which case the proggies want to call you names and send you back.

    The point here being not “progressives R the REAL racists”, because that’s fucking stupid, even though it’s true.

    The point is more that the purpose of the new racial hierarchy they unveiled in 2020 is to ensure progressive political hegemony. It’s a totalising ideology, you’re not allowed to disagree even if you’re brown.

  8. The Meissen Bison

    Did those lovely Robertson’s enamel badges include a little violinist? Nesquik deserves a memento.

  9. I’m fairly sure the back label on Robertson’s marmalade jars was only affixed on each side enabling the golly stickers to be inserted (and easily removed although 60 years ago children were so well behaved* that they were generally left in place) with their little smiley faces poking up over the top.

    * More relevantly this was before supermarkets so the jars of jam would often be kept behind the grocery counter. Also children did not go into shops, other than sweet shops, without adults so nicking anything apart from a sherbet dibdab was not possible.

  10. John – The idea was that you collected a given number of paper ones and then sent them off with a postal order for 2/6d (or something) to get the enamel badge. Also, I think the promotion covered the whole delicious range of jams and preserves.

  11. TMB

    I just did a quick trawl through EBay. The only one I could find was a Golden Shred golfer enamel badge on sale in the USA for a cool $167.99.

    It wasn’t just badges. You had the alternative of requesting little pottery figures playing various musical instruments. The complete band adorned many a mantlepiece in the 1960’s.

    Incidentally, as gleefully reported by the bbc, the Essex pub had its windows broken and graffiti painted over the weekend. It’s not clear whether the same 6 officers have been despatched to investigate.

  12. Time to remember the respect the other RK had for the Sudanese:

    So ‘ere’s to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, at your ‘ome in the Soudan;
    You’re a pore benighted ‘eathen but a first-class fightin’ man;
    An’ ‘ere’s to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, with your ‘ayrick ‘ead of ‘air –
    You big black boundin’ beggar – for you broke a British square!

  13. Ideally, if you want social and professional mobility as a person of colour, if you want to be moved from the bottom shelf to a position of higher prominence, you must go further. You must grin harder and always maintain that Britain is, in fact, a race-relations utopia, even as things regularly happen that prove that we are far from that.

    Yes – I was thinking that the likes of Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu or Diane Abbott, David Lammy and Dawn Butler were almost never on TV decrying Britain as the world’s most racist society or demanding reparations for activities 3 or 4 centuries hence. I was indignantly remarking to my Mum at the weekend. ‘You just never see black people with a grudge on the TV – what’s the country coming to?’

    People such as Ngozi Fulani, who had the misfortune of expecting enlightened views of the royal household, are savaged by the press and, in turn, members of the public, for pointing out that it’s not very nice to be aggressively asked where you are from.

    Yes – after all it’s perfectly acceptable to change your name from its original West Indian to a bizarre fusion of two Nigerian tribes which many Nigerians found incomprehensible and act at the behest of a foreign based celebrity to entrap an Octogenarian asking a legitimate question while simultaneously running a ‘charity’ that appears to be unable to account for any legitimate charitable activity? Right – just another day at the office…

    In the same week that golliwogs dominated, it was revealed that black girls are three times more likely to undergo an invasive strip-search by Met police than white girls, and that more than a third of people from ethnic and religious minorities have experienced racially motivated physical or verbal abuse

    As opposed to 100% of the White population that are accused of being racist simply for being White?

    So forgive me, for not smiling.

    In an ideal world there are many things she would be needing to asking for forgiveness for. Out of deference to the hosting capacity of Tim’s server and due to time constraints I don’t have time or space to list them all.

  14. Yes – after all it’s perfectly acceptable to change your name from its original West Indian

    Her original name, Marlene Headley, was one to be proud of as all cricket fans will testify. Imagine changing that to something purely made up.

  15. Person of colour. You are black. Black is a monochrome, it is not a colour.

    We pink skins are persons of colour – pink being a colour.

  16. if you want to be moved from the bottom shelf

    Masterful use of the passive tense there, if I may quote one of the greats. Clearly, no effort by oneself is to be made, any action will be done to/for you.

  17. “ more than a third of people from ethnic and religious minorities have experienced racially motivated physical or verbal abuse”

    That would that be the report that showed Travellers had the highest rate and that white Irish was also above the average rate and higher than a number of ethnic minorities

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