I’m a collector; at least I was a collector. Fans, dolls, books, sheet music, magazines, black memorabilia. The black memorabilia didn’t last long because it was too high priced for my pocketbook! I was told that it was so high priced because black people were grabbing it up. I keep it on the wall in my library/computer room. Have a look:
Given the current “racial” charges, I have gone through my items making an evaluation of why I like them. If a black friend would come into my house, would she like them or be offended by them. I can’t answer for my friend, but I have some that I think I would not like if I were black. More offensive than Aunt Jemima or Uncle Ben for sure.
See, there is Little Brown Koco Has Fun. There are many sources online that call this a racist book. That is far from my thoughts. I became familiar with Little Brown Koco when segments were put in some weekly paper mother subscribed to. Cute boy, cute stories. To me it is no more offensive than PJ in Family Circle cartoon or the Little Rascals.
I see that I can buy one from some trader for $33. I gave $40 for mine. My granddaughter has asked for me to leave it to her when I move on without taking my books. 😀 She said she was with me when I bought it. She has girls who have black friends. There is no way the book is going to impact them negatively.
I believe I would be racist if I refused to have the book. Why should I not have a book about a little black boy? I haven’t read the book. Through my adult eye maybe I could see something I did not see as a child.
Of course, if it is wrong to have the collection…… Well, there is more to come. Check it out with me.