Councillor to Have Diversity Training After Golliwog Remarks

Claire Carter, Telegraph (London), December 20, 2013

A Conservative councillor is to undergo diversity training after she claimed that golliwogs are “nostalgic, not racist”.

Dawn Barnett was found guilty of bringing Brighton and Hove City Council into disrepute with her remarks.

At a closed hearing, a panel of three councillors said the 72-year-old should have diversity training.

She was cleared of failing to treat others with respect and breaching the Equalities Act and the panel also recommended all councillors should have diversity training in future.

In August, Cllr Barnett said she thought golliwogs were “nostalgic, not racist”.

She also dismissed complaints against a homestore in Brighton selling golliwog placemats as “political correctness gone too far”.

Four complaints from three people were made to the council’s Black and Minority Ethnic Workers’ Forum in response to her comments.

Cllr Barnett said she thought the issue should never have progressed to a hearing, which took more than five hours, and was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

She said: “They threw out the two most serious charges but said I was guilty of breaching the code of conduct.

“I am pleased they have let me off on the other two serious charges but very disappointed they have judged I broke the code of conduct.

“I don’t think it should have got this far, it was a waste of taxpayers’ money and officers’ time.

“I apologised to anyone who was upset by my comments and that should have been the end of it.

“I understand the reasons why they had it behind closed doors but there were a lot of upset people outside the meeting that were angry it wasn’t held in public.”

The hearing was originally due to take place on November 28 but was postponed after Cllr Barnett fell down a flight of stairs on her way to the meeting.

The panel included three councillors as well as a monitoring officer, head of complaints, and head of democratic services.

A council report on the proceedings will not be made available to the public until early next week.

The golliwog character appeared in the 19th century and are now widely classed as racist because their features–with black skin, eyes rimmed in white and frizzy hair–are seen as an over-exaggeration of racial stereotypes.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said the incident highlighted the “need for training and awareness raising among all councillors on equalities issues”.

This will form part of member development in the future, she added.

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  • Oil Can Harry

    Diversity training = Vietnamese reeducation camps

    • John Smith

      and also = the old Soviet Union

    • Garrett Brown


  • Spartacus

    Golliwogs aren’t nostalgic. They’re accurate .

  • JackKrak

    Ever notice that in cartoons, comic strips or any animation that you cannot make it clear that a person is meant to be Asian without giving them slanted eyes and black hair?

    It’s not just because of the limitations of animation versus photo realism, it’s because those are the most obvious defining characteristics of Asians when compared to whites. If a character doesn’t have those two things, he can’t be Asian.

    Golliwogs were not meant to be demeaning or insulting (ask any Englishman of a certain age about Robertson’s Jam). They were used as a visual shorthand to represent black people – something that many (most?) Britons had never seen when Golliwogs first entered the landscape.

    Now, if you were trying to describe a black person to someone who had never seen one, what physical characteristics might you mention? Skin color? Hair texture? Nose? Lips? Of course you would and there would be nothing bad in this if the black race weren’t a complete and disastrous failure to be protected by lefty do-gooders.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Actually, I looked up the Wikipedia entry on “Golliwog” and there’s no definitive evidence that the character was ever explicitly intended to represent black people. Try as they might, the closest they could come was saying that it wore clothing traditionally associated with “minstrel attire.” As with most things “anti-racist,” this is much to-do about nothing.

      • dodger

        They weren’t. They were a cartoon character used to sell jam. The link between blacks and gollies was made by, the politically correct. They decided blacks were going to become offended and acted as their protectors.

        If I were black and objected to this golly, then I would make a bee-line to the first leftie I saw.

    • skara_brae

      Hello Jack. I just dug out a Robertson’s Golliwog I haven’t seen in years. I’ll pin it in my lapel and I dare anyone to say a disparaging word.

    • Brian

      if you were trying to describe a black person to someone who had never seen one,
      Trick question. My response would be ‘what planet are you from, and can I get on your ship and go back with you?’

    • Bantu_Education

      “Now, if you were trying to describe a black person to someone who had never seen one, what physical characteristics might you mention? Skin color? Hair texture? Nose? Lips? Of course you would and there would be nothing bad in this if the black race weren’t a complete and disastrous failure to be protected by lefty do-gooders.”

      Brilliantly explained, thank you…!

  • Massif1

    I love 1930s and 1940s Disney cartoons and how accurately they’re showing blacks. They sit around and don’t do anything all day. Had they had their Obama phone they might of been calling their booty call or something.

  • JohnEngelman

    Years ago I saw a New Yorker cartoon in which a well dressed white couple was talking to a white police officer who told them, “We’ve taken courses in black history, black literature, and sociology. I still hate them.”

    Those looking at the cartoon were expected to feel morally superior to the presumably ignorant police officer. The reality is that he was forced to take those courses. He was forced to remain silent when the instructors told him things he knew were not true.

  • Kenner

    Because it’s a lot easier than training Golliwogs.

  • dd121

    Is “golliwog” a cute aquatic creature that has a homing instinct to swim to lands populated by caucasians?

    • Garrett Brown

      It’s a Pokemon.

    • Alexandra1973

      You’re thinking polliwog.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Britishers remind me of American DWL’s.

  • IstvanIN

    Scary thing is she didn’t say anything racist. She mere said the golliwogs were nostalgia. But that’s what you get when you GIVE your country away.

    • That’s what’s in store for us if we don’t start fighting back.

    • dodger

      Exactly. Thought police?

  • rightrightright

    I’d be interested to know what form of pressure was applied to this woman that compels her to submit to diversity brainwashing. How come she cannot refuse to attend?

    • dodger

      Also why don’t her party rally around her?

      Any Council Should try ordering a member of the British National Party to attend such a camp.

    • Bantu_Education

      Probably in risk of losing her job, career, etc. It always comes down to money, one way or another.

  • seapeaMP

    I think you mean…
    Next step = Golliwags

    100% Diversity = 0% White people

  • Lagerstrom

    First, Thomas the Tank Engine and Britain’s lack of female train drivers, now the ‘golliwog scandal!’ Britain is in big trouble folks!

    • dodger

      All White countries are in trouble.

  • Lagerstrom

    That golliwog is looking at me funny. I don’t think I like him.

  • KhanBoi77

    “I understand the reasons why they had it behind closed doors but there were a lot of upset people outside the meeting that were angry it wasn’t held in public.”

    Behind closed doors?

    Isn’t Britain one of those ‘liberal democracies’ and ‘open societies’ that Progressives keep prattling on about? Appears that was just more lies from the Left as this poor old White lady is lead into a star chamber for ‘re-education’.

    Personally I like gollywogs. Far from being racist, they make Blacks into wonderful toy dolls one can play with! One would think the Far Left would approve of this, but in their sick twisted minds they turn it into yet another spurious charge of ‘racism’

    I grew up in a home that had two ‘Black Mammy toaster covers’. These are sort of like ‘Southern Gollys’. They were great in that not only did they cover the toaster, but doubled as toys as well. Growing up in a rural county with a Black population of only 2% these ‘Black Mammy’ dolls were my first exposure to anything Black related and I developed a good association. It was only years later that as an adult I learned about Affirmative Action, non-stop whinning about slavery (it was 150 years ago!), and ‘The Bell Curve’ that the blinders were finally lifted (coupled with the fact that there is a Mestizo invasion occurring as well)

    • Yet, blackcentrics complain all the time about the lack of black dolls and how black girls are being compelled to play with white dolls.

    • Bantu_Education

      “…..I like gollywogs. Far from being racist, they make Blacks into wonderful toy dolls one can play with!”

      The usual suspects again…..

      Outrage taking ‘Darkie’ off label

      Singapore—Asians have been happily buying Darkie Tooth Paste for 60 years, unaware the name or logo of a black man in a top hat with a grin revealing dazzling white teeth was offending anyone.

      But outrage in the United States and elsewhere at the label has prompted its maker to change the name and image and mount a massive campaign aimed at retaining the loyalty of confused consumers.

      “We look at it this way,” said Eddie Niem, managing director of the Hong Kong-based manufacturer Hawley and Hazel. “We want the toothpaste to be internationally acceptable.”

      Although the product is not sold in the United States, Niem said, “We do not wish to offend anyone unnecessarily. It wouldn’t be right to retain a name and package objectionable to North American blacks.”

      No one complained prior to 1985 when Colgate-Palmolive, the U.S.-based home products company, purchased half ownership of Hawley and Hazel. Since then, the giant firm has been accused of promoting racial stereotypes through its marketing of the toothpaste.

      A coalition of black clergymen complained Darkie was a derogatory description of North Americans of African origin. They said the logo, which stemmed from the minstrel act made famous by entertainer Al Jolson, conjured up images of a fawning inferior eager to please his master.

      It’s not the first time a U.S. corporation has abandoned a well-established image under accusations of racism. The Quaker Oats Co. changed its Aunt Jemima picture on pancake mix packages in the 1960s to one that did not resemble a black plantation worker.

      During May, Colgate-Palmolive are launching a year-long drive to introduce consumers to Darlie Tooth Paste, complete with a new logo of a face so shadowed that it could represent any race. The bright white teeth remain.

      Targeting Singapore, where Darkie has a 50 percent market share, Niem said the challenge was to make the switch while retaining the loyalty of current users.

      The marketing avalanche then spreads to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand, where Darkie commands between 20 and 75 percent of the market.

      With Colgate paying for the redesign and repackaging plus reimbursement for any loss in profits, Niem said researchers went through many variations on the name Darkie to find one similar but not potentially objectionable.

      The first suggestion, Dakkie, didn’t make it.

      Dara Demmings, a spokeswoman for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility in the United States, informed Colgate that Dakkie was unacceptable “because it was still pronounced the same as Darkie in several East Asian languages.”

      “We finally came up with Darlie,” Niem said, “an invented word” made up by replacing the “k” with an “l.”

      Full-page newspaper advertisements proclaiming “Darkie Is Now Darlie” generated so much commotion in Singapore that special telephone lines were set up to cope with the barrage of questions.

      “Most people ask why we’re doing this and if the toothpaste is different,” said Tan May Lin, one of a team explaining the reason in as much detail as the caller wants and assuring that the product has not changed.

      To ease the transition, Mien said packages of family-sized Darkie and Darlie will initially be sold together at a special discount price. Television commercials will focus on the name change with the emphasis on acceptability “all over the world,” Niem said.

      “In a 40-second spot, we can’t elaborate on the complaints” that sparked the switch, said Niem, who is Chinese. “In Asian minds there’s no problem with Darkie. It doesn’t have any negative racial connotation.”

      Once the manufacturers are convinced that customers have accepted Darlie, they then will introduce the new package, replacing the familiar black face with an anonymous one. “That may take 12 months,” Niem said.

      “Intensive consumer research shows that the new name will be well-liked and we expect the majority of our users will accept the changes,” Niem said. “However we will invest as much as is needed to ensure that loyalty is not adversely affected.”

      No matter how long it takes for Darlie sales to match those of Darkie, Niem is convinced of the justification of the name change.

      “What we’re doing is right. We won’t even entertain the suggestion of trying to keep the package the way it was.”

  • Brian

    If there weren’t any blacks in Britain, there would be no need for such foolishness. Yet I am told that ‘diversity is our strength’. It seems to be an enormous, multivariate drag on getting things done.

  • The Final Solution

    Didn’t they also say Mrs. Butterworths is raciss?

  • Funruffian

    This is bizarre yet very typical of Black insecurity and inferiority. I never heard of obese White people complaining about the Cabbage Patch dolls. I never heard of Swedish/Nordic women complaining about Barbie dolls. I never heard of Redheaded people complaining about Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. never heard of White boys complaining about GI Joe dolls. But somehow, Blacks are offended by a doll with their likeness. How sad and truly pathetic they are. We are at the mercy of their own feelings of inadequacy.

  • The Final Solution

    That bootlicker looks ready to shine my shoes for a nickel.

  • What would happen if some of us sentenced to “diversity training” told the sentencing judges to ram their diversity where the sun doesn’t shine, sideways? What would happen if people in mandatory diversity training used ethnic slurs and obscene epithets like drunk sailors with Tourette’s Syndrome? What are they going to do? I’ve already been to prison, and my last regular job in the United States was delivering pizza. I received an offer as a university professor in China last year, but my wife dislikes Chinese and I don’t want to leave Colorado. The folks who submit to this diversity training nonsense are really just selling their own self-respect for a paycheck. Money is sure nice, but one can’t buy self-respect back, and the look on a supervisor’s face when you quit on the spot and tell him to have his curry-eating n-words finish the R&D project without you is priceless.

  • DailyKenn

    Ever notice that diversity training is always us learning about them, never them learning about us?