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'Feel Better' Rag Dolls Pulled from Dollar Store After Being Labeled 'Racist'

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Cries of racism are resounding across New Jersey over the sale of black rag dolls meant to be slammed against a wall as a form of stress relief.

The Feel Better dolls have been pulled from store shelves amid a deluge of complaints.

Ricky Shah, president of the One Dollar Zone retail chain, said about 1,000 dolls were pulled from its store in Bayonne and two others in the state, The Associated Press reported.

The dolls are made of black fabric with red, green, black and yellow yarn for hair. Each doll has bright white eyes and teeth as well as instructions about how to abuse it.

“Whenever things don’t go well and you want to hit the wall and yell here’s a little ‘feel better doll’ that you just will not do without,” the instructions read. “Just grab it firmly by the legs and find a wall to slam the doll and as you whack the ‘feel good doll’ do not forget to yell ‘I FEEL GOOD, I FEEL GOOD.'”

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State Assemblyman Angela McKnight, a Democrat from Hudson, was not feeling quite that good about the dolls when she visited a Bayonne shop.

“When I heard about this doll on social media, I knew I had to do something immediately,” she wrote on Facebook. “This doll is offensive and disturbing on so many levels. It is clearly made in an inappropriate representation of a black person and instructs people to ‘slam’ and ‘whack’ her.

Are these dolls racist?

Racism has no place in the world and I will not tolerate it, especially not in this district. When I saw the doll in person, I cringed and was truly disheartened by the thought of a black child being beaten by another child or an adult for pure pleasure. To have a product depict or teach children that it is OK to hit another child, regardless of race, in order to feel good is sick. Dolls should be a symbol of love, care and affection.”

Bayonne Mayor Jimmie Davis joined in the condemnation of the Feel Good dolls, saying on Facebook that they “can certainly be considered racist.”

“Aside from the shock of seeing such an insensitive product being sold in our community, I am grateful for the people that saw it and said something immediately! I also want to thank Assemblywoman McKnight for her quick response and assistance. We will not tolerate any symbol of hate and division within our community!” he posted.

Many on social media rendered their verdicts as well.

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Shah offered an apology and said the dolls were part of a lot of closeout merchandise his stores had purchased.

“This somehow slipped through the cracks,” he said.

CNN reported that the dolls had also been made in yellow and green.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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