YotG along with other, off topic things.
pandinac at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Sat Sep 9 11:23:22 EDT 2000
On Sat, 9 Sep 2000, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:
> FWIW, I wasn't allowed read the Noddy books. I think in retrospect
> that my mother may have heard about the nasty racist elements in the
> adventure series and confused those with Noddy.
There was actually a racist controversy about the Noddy books as well.
Enid Blyton had a tendency to write golliwogs as michievous, and
somebody somewhere along the line decided that this was racist.
Recent adaptations of the Noddy stories (and, more disturbingly,
recent editions of the books themselves) have had the golliwogs
replaced by malevolent goblins.
Personally, I reckon this reflects racist anti-goblin attitudes worse
than any racist anti-black person attitudes contained in the
uncensored stories; but the goblins don't have a large enough lobby
group to get the situation remedied.
 A golliwog, in case you don't know, is a knitted toy in the shape
of a brightly-dressed black man with fuzzy hair.
"Hold fast to the one noble thing."
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