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.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. I have my dad’s and aunt’s original copies of Little Black Sambo.
    My son, a millennial, was aghast to see that such a book existed and told me to get rid of them both.
    I most certainly will not—in part because the story is not racist but the tale of a dark complected Indian child, a tiger and butter.
    It was written just before the turn of the century in the late 1800’s by a Scottish woman for her children when the family was living in India
    It is also a historic piece of Americana literature and I for one do not believe in erasing any parts of our history be they good or bad.
    For my dad, as a little boy (his copy is from 1918) this was a taste of the exotic..it piqued the imagination of a little boy from the deep South—be it tigers and India or be it Africa and his original Tarzan books—they were and are the stuff of imagination and adventure…nothing racist in any of that.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I have looked for a Black Sambo that I could afford. They generally run close to a hundred dollars. Too much for me. I have a story book collection that has the story.in it. I think it is in that book just behind Song of the South. Yes, yours are treasures. I have looked up the history of the book and found the same info you presented. I agree; it has nothing to do with race.

    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I grew up on the Black Sambo story. I saw nothing but a child chasing a tiger around a tree and turning it into butter. How was that a racial slur. I should’ve kept that book. I might have a little treasure on my hands.

  2. pranabaxom says:

    Oneta, what I say may be non PC and may be controversial but may be relevant to what you are trying to say.
    Take this case. Again, my sincerest apologies to all who may feel offender. I have absolutely no intention of hurting anyone’s feelings. Many in the west denigrate the Prophet of Islam and a pedophile. Do they really try to understand the sociological or historical environment of his time? It was an era when the society may have been teeming with widows and orphans. By today’s ethical mores, the act of child marriage may be abhorrent but at that particular time in history that may have been the only way to save the child from falling prey to powerful men. I do not see any educated Muslims giving away their daughters in child marriage now. Societies change and evolve all the time, erasing history will only make us commit the same mistakes again. We should be cognizant and sensitive to the present time, balancing history with the feelings of the community and population at large.
    To clarify, I am not a Muslim and I have the utmost respect to all she though I won’t call myself a very religious person.

    • oneta hayes says:

      A thoughtful presentation of how time and place really do make a difference in acceptable practices. Your statement “erasing history will only make us commit the same mistakes again” is so important. I know you are not talking about there ever being a time when child abuse was acceptable. The Lord will be the one to make the judgment about the motivation and treatment of a child in a marriage situation. I think this practice was not uncommon among the elite (rich or royal) families in some places. altho there might have been an age requirement before the actual uniting of the bride and groom.

      • pranabaxom says:

        Present time has become so difficult to talk about anything in a civil way. It is either my way or highway.

        • oneta hayes says:

          I understand. I’m a bit afraid. There are certain phrases I will not use because I don’t want to be too easily found on the Search engines. Discussing the political impact is not what I want although I do care very much. That’s the reason I am stressing Me. I think it is good to see what is revealed about me. In one of the Psalms David prays that God will reveal the secret things of the heart. So far I haven’t judged myself guilty, but I am finding some things that I can understand are offensive. Plan to be back with this Friday. Doing a bit of research.By the way “my way or the highway” was a good option compared to the choices one makes today.

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