“Penny” said she told her mother about my dolls and said that her mother wanted to see them because she might be interested in putting them in her shop. So, I packed the dolls and took them to Penny. After a few minutes Penny came back and all but threw the dolls in my arms and said, “Mom can’t sell black memorabilia on a military base, it’s considered offensive.”
First off, don’t throw anything at me! Not even my own dolls, second, these two dolls are not black memorabilia. If you google those two words together you’ll see exactly what black memorabilia is and see clearly that my two dolls are not in that category. They’re barely primitive dolls and not even close to offensive. Yes, the dolls are black and yes they have fuller features but then, so do I. The dolls are African-American so yeah, their features are larger.
She said, “Someone might be offended.” I wonder who she thought would be offended by the dolls? One might think a black person will be offended but I doubt it. I think (if her reason is true) that this is another case of over covering ones back side. If it is true that they cannot put my dolls on a military base in a shop because the dolls could or might offend then they are leaning heavily on the word “could” and “might”.
I’ve looked up on the net if its true that the military won’t allow black memorabilia in base shops but I’ve found nothing on it. I’m dumbfounded and irritated that someone would all but throw the dolls at me and tell me that someone could be offended. Note: I didn’t find one single thing on the net saying that military base shops won’t sell black memorabilia because of potential offense.
Penny never said who would be offended just that offense could be taken. That leaves open a lot of room for idiots to come in and start screaming about sensitive black people. She never said who would be offended or if there had ever been offense taken. I think it’s either not true about the military OR its another case of being overly concerned that someone, some day at an unspecified time could possibly have a slight issue of some sort. The information is just too vague which is my biggest beef. There’s just enough trigger words put together to get people going which is why I hate stuff like that.
I’d like to briefly discuss the statement “someone might.” Memorabilia aside, and including all other life issues and advances, if a person leans on the idea that they can’t perform a certain task because “someone might” then they have handed over their power. They have put a roadblock in front of themselves and perhaps prevented personal growth. When people insist upon leaning on statements like, “I can’t do this because someone will…might…could…” then they continually hand over all their power all the while blaming others for taking it. Please stop scapegoating the faceless, formless person called “Someone” and take back your power.