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SunflowerSmiles
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2008 02:33:15 PM »

oh for heaven's sake...sigh...I think those who are saying this have to much time on there hands and need to DO something with them...like..make a sock monkey Grin I truly hope you don't let this get to you and taint your making sock monkeys.  I think they're adorable and have history.  And...it's a sock.  I agree with Aislynn...make your sock monkeys...love your sock monkeys!  Oh an post them here cause I love to look at sock monkeys Grin
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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2008 03:54:10 PM »

Just tossing out some random thoughts. Having attended racial justice workshops, I've learned that things that caucasians (sp?) can't see as racist are perceived as extremely racist by members of different racial & ethnic groups. I'm a sociologist at heart so I'm always interested in demographics & socio-economic status.
In that vein (and as someone who made a sock monkey for the challenge) I would be very interested in the perspectives of people who are members of groups that are called minority.

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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2008 04:15:43 PM »

Selkie...good point Wink and I think I would be interested in that as well.
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Aislynn
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2008 09:00:53 AM »

I dunno...I'm anything but a minority, and while my original statements stand, I do have to say the Obama monkey is in rather poor taste.  I can see, very easily, how it could be construed as racist.

That said, my best friend growing up was African-American, and her mom made her sock monkeys to play with.  If that counts for anything.
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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2008 09:39:30 AM »

I completely agree with you on the Obama monkey. I don't know the website so I'm not sure if it was meant to be a tribute or somethings more nefarious (I love having an excuse to use that word, they don't present themselves often), but I digress.
Well intentioned or not, not the best choice!

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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2008 10:02:09 AM »

I agree that the sock monkey isn't racist.  Gee, I have a doll from my childhood that is FAR more likely to be called racist.  I have a Topsy Turvy doll that is black on one side and white on the other.  I still have the doll and love it so does that me racist too?
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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2008 05:14:04 PM »

dont feel bad about it.  people seriously think everything is racist and offensive these days. 
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Mollfie
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2009 11:30:17 AM »

I've never heard anything like that before. A sock monkey is just a monkey made out of a sock.

Exactly.

That person is either an idiot or just over sensitive. They seem to have a chip on their shoulder and be looking for racism in things. Strikes me as the sort of annoying person who if you said they couldn't do something would retort with "is it because I'm black?" >__<

Maybe you could put up a picture of the monkeys they referred to?
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kstaron
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2009 05:45:10 AM »

I can't imagine that a toy of an animal would be racist.  Have you replied to the poster on your blog? If they really consider it racist maybe they have a reason in their head they could share instead of calling you names.  If they can't put together a reasonable argument I wouldn't worry about them.
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