I am not one to rock the boat. I tend to keep to myself and just do my own thing. I am not one out to be hurtful, as a matter of fact; I will go out of my way not to hurt someone's feelings. In saying this I will also say that I am an Artist. I enjoy making a variety of dolls, from the cute and cuddly to primitive folk art. I make raggedy's, Santa's, snowmen, and black dolls. My black dolls may be primitive or whimsical, just as are my white dolls. Some dolls I had listed on etsy were named "mammys". Which is a period doll. In no way do I make these types of dolls to hurt anyone's feelings or degrade a race. It is what it is, it is a period doll.
Etsy has come up with a new policy that deems my black dolls as "hurtful" and "derogatory" and pulled them from their site. I know I am not the only artist that has had their work pulled. But the part that really gets my goat, is that other artists have gone back to their listings and changed the name of their work to "black dolls" or "primitive black dolls" . They look the same as my dolls look, and some I know for a fact were called "mammy's" prior to this new policy.
So why should they be able to sell their dolls under a new name, but I can't relist my dolls under a new name?? Personally I think that if you are going to remove my doll because it has a certain "look" then you need to remove them all! For those of you that ducked under the radar by changing the names of your dolls... well I'm just shaking my head, because you are more worried about making a dollar then standing up for your creative rights. You are letting a company call you a racist, hateful person... oh no wait you changed the names of your dolls so you weren't included in being told that you are hateful.
Oh and by the way, I'm not a racist, as a matter of fact I have a biracial grandson that I love with all my heart.
As far as Etsy goes, well I will keep my listings there until they expire, and then I will close my shop. I have already started a website to sell ALL my dolls on. Cedar Creek Primitives