…laying bait for racists, and buggering up another corset.
First, the racists. I spend many, many hours on Facebook, playing pointless games and looking at kittens of course, but I’m also active on several sewing sites, great for general chat and giving and getting advice. Recently I started watching an interesting site which sells vintage/antique clothing and textiles. I have little intention of buying any, but they are lovely to look at. Today this popped up.
In close up
I was startled, to say the least, and commented that it is racist, and could offend. Hackles rose, and quite a few people flew to its defence, one saying it was ‘celebrating black women in the South’.
The discussion quickly became very divided, with some insisting that the image was charming etc etc and very collectable. Hmmm.
I took a copy over to a sewing group on FB, and asked what they thought. I was not surprised to find that there were instantly some strong replies, all agreeing that it is not PC, and is offensive and not at all ‘charming’. Then a couple of members appeared who argued quite strongly in its defence. Slavery was mentioned, and these ladies are apparently clearly not slaves because they are happy and well-dressed. Ahem. Mammies were apparently all happy, and loved by their families. Someone’s been watching too much ‘Gone With The Wind’ methinks.
Then another member of the group, appeared, and schooled the lot of them, very politely, including pointing out that she herself is not ‘coloured’ but ‘black’. Brava!
Very soon, a moderator shut us down, as the pro-tablecloth team were getting a bit stroppy. One of the tableclothers has blocked me, and I am of course, deeply, deeply wounded. *cough*
So are you a tablecloth fan? Do you still read Epaminondas? Is your coat covered in Robinson’s badges? Do you watch The Black & White Minstrels?
I do so hope not…