There are positive historical icons of African Americans out there. I'm aware of them and all for them. These are not what I'm disparaging.
I'm also not advocating setting the racist items on fire (though I do have the impulse), as it is an unfortunate part of our history. Still, they need to be recognized as a mockery and not just sweet little cookie jars.
Etsy's "DOs and DONTs" actually state:
Items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred toward or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation; including items or content that promote organizations with such viewsSo, along with relics of the Hitler youth, the racially demeaning salt and pepper shakers can't technically be sold on Etsy.
I'm more than happy to report any listing that uses the words "cute" and "mammy" in the same sentence. I find this a thousand times more offensive than the four letter words and artistic nudes that have to be labeled "mature."
If you sell vintage, please take this into consideration before you buy or list that horrific lawn jockey.
What do you think? Please comment! I know it's a hard issue and there's no "right" answer, just my strong opinion.