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A MUM claims she was arrested and had her DNA and fingerprints taken by police because she had a `golly' doll in the window of her home. Amanda Schofield, 38, was quizzed by police on suspicion of racially-aggravated public order.
Amanda claims she removed the toy from the window after noticing it while putting her daughter to bed, only to be visited by police later that evening and notified of the complaint from a neighbour. She says she received a phone call nine days later asking her to attend Cheadle Heath Police Station, where she was arrested.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Police received a report that an item deemed to be offensive was placed in the window of a house on Borrowdale Road.”
Originally posted by Wolfie_UK
I wouldn't lay the blame at the feet of the police, I wouldn't say they acted out of order either. The police are public servants and have to follow up any complaints made by the public, regardless how stupid they seem, if they don't get seen to be doing their job then come the next financial year they may end up with less funding.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Here in America, I suspect we would find a similar reaction, if I understand the nature of the doll. I don't really know what one looks like. But there is a whole genre of collectible memorabilia where images of certain races were characterized through caricature and such portrayals are considered 'in poor taste' or 'offensive' in current polite society.
But JAIL? Really? What kind of social order does THAT represent?
[edit on 20-9-2008 by Maxmars]
Originally posted by Merriman Weir
If anything, if gollytoys are meant to directly represent black people - which I don't necessarily agree with - then surely encouraging affection and positive feelings during young ages is a good thing? Not something to be seen as wrong or shameful.
Originally posted by Interestinggg
To arrest the women is stupidity.
Ask her to take it down sure but arrest her?
Not to mention her little kid put it in the window and had no clue what it would cause.
And when the woman saw it she took it down anyway.
Of course she will get off in court and she should sue them after she does.
For them to call her that long afterward, tell her to come to the police station, then arrest her, shows these specific police to be unprofessional.
To take her DNA and Fingerprints for this is an absurd waste of resources.
Only in the UK...and Palistan and any of the other "stan" countries out there.
Originally posted by MacSen191
There are black barbies out now, are those offensive to people as well?
The "Golliwogg" (later "Golliwog") is a rag doll-like, children's literary character created by Florence Kate Upton in the late 19th century. The Golliwog began life as a story book character created by Florence Kate Upton. Upton was born in 1873 in Flushing, New York, to English parents who had emigrated to the United States in 1870. She was the second of four children. When Upton was fourteen, her father died and, shortly thereafter, the family returned to England. The Golliwogg was inspired by a blackface minstrel doll Upton had as a child in America. At one point it was very popular in Europe and as a result has become a collector's item. However, the image of the doll has become the subject of heated debate. One aspect of the debate in its favor argues that it should be preserved and passed on as a cherished cultural artifact and childhood tradition, while opponents argue it should be retired as a relic of an earlier time when racism against black people was blatant.