TELL ETSY TO STOP PROFITING FROM PROHIBITED ITEMS
  • Petitioning Chad Dickerson, CEO & Adam Brown, Press Manager

This petition will be delivered to:

Etsy Marketplace Integrity Team, 55 Washington Street Suite 512 Brooklyn, NY 11201
Chad Dickerson, CEO & Adam Brown, Press Manager
Etsy

TELL ETSY TO STOP PROFITING FROM PROHIBITED ITEMS

    1. Raquel Mack
    2. Petition by

      Raquel Mack

      Santa Rosa, United States

                                                                           Etsy:Selling/Hate

· Etsy is refusing to follow the policies that they implemented for themselves two years ago (2011) that would prohibit the sale of “…items that promote, support, or glorify hatred toward or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation…” read the rest in the prohibited section here.

· The policy prohibiting these items came into effect on January 2011. Read the announcement here.

· The items most strongly in question are Golliwog Dolls or are Golliwog related. They have been reported numerous times to Etsy’s integrity team, however the over 70 items in question remain on the sites of Etsy’s various merchants, many of whom hand make these Golliwog items to order and are not vintage.

· The Golliwog is characterized by jet black skin, bulging white-rimmed eyes, disproportionately big red lips and a shock of black frizzy hair and is essentially a “minstrel doll”. Writer Enid Blyton adapted the Gollywog to her Noddy books. They were consistently horribly ugly black creatures who were rude and nasty and always villains. More on that here and here.

· In May of 2012 the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP attempted to reach out to Etsy only to receive this response:

  “…our members come from all walks of life, and may hold differing opinions of the legitimate  collectibility of certain types of historical items.”

· Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of this issue is that that one would be hard pressed to find racist items of any other demographic on Etsy, which begs the question, Why is it okay to sell items that dehumanize and denigrate those that fall into the category of ‘black people’; and would there be the same lack of response were these items offensive toward the LGBTQQ community, or Asian community, or any demography that is “more likely” to be shopping or selling on Etsy?

· Etsy receives $0.20 for every item listed on their site by merchants and they collect a 3.5% fee on the sale of every item, racist or not. Since Etsy has failed to address this issue it may be safe to assume that they have no scruples about profiting from the very items they prohibit.

 

Please help us tell Etsy to follow their own policies and stop profiting off of PROHIBITED ITEMS.

 

Thank You,

Etsy:Selling/Hate

 

 

 

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    News

    1. The Deadline is Drawing Near

      Raquel Mack
      Petition Organizer

      ATTENTION FRIENDS:
      My petition to tell Etsy to stop selling the racist items that they say they prohibit it now winding to a close. The deadline is on February 28 and the petition, with all its signatures, will be emailed to Chad Dickerson , CEO and Adam Brown, Press Manager at press@etsy.com. Neither of these men, whose job it is to respond to issues like these, have found it worth their while to respond to either me or any journalists regarding the racism they profit from. I hope that will change when they receive my petition. I have 200 signatures left to go so please share and tweet my petition if you believe it deserves at least a response from Etsy. Thank you for your continuing support:)

    2. Responses to the Dumbest Reactions to My “Tell Etsy to Stop Profiting From

      Raquel Mack
      Petition Organizer
      Responses to the Dumbest Reactions to My "Tell Etsy to Stop Profiting From Prohibited Items" Petition

      Last year while browsing online, I was surprised to come across a minstrel doll, known as a golliwog in the UK, for sale on internet marketplace, Etsy. Etsy is one of those hipster-y websites where artisans and crafters of all kinds sell their wares.

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Shoutout to Eddie Izzard!

      Raquel Mack
      Petition Organizer

      A huge shoutout to actor and comedian Eddie Izzard for signing and promoting my petition on Twitter. Your support on this issue is very much appreciated. Thanks for helping to make a difference!

      Sincerely,
      Raquel Mack

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Hey Supporters!

      Raquel Mack
      Petition Organizer

      I want to take the time to let you all know how awesome the past few days have been! You saw a company talkin' the talk, but not walkin' the walk, all the while cashing in on the sale of (racist) items which are prohibited by Etsy. We are well on our way to making a difference by sending a strong & united message to Etsy Coporate Headquarters. We've done so well, in fact, that I have increased my target number of supporters to 1000. I'm hoping to keep up the momentum and reach this goal, so if you know of anyone who would find Etsy's practices as reprehensible as you & I do, please steer 'em my way or just drop a link on Facebook or Twitter!

      Thank you all very much.

      Sincerely,

      Raquel Mack
      http://www.facebook.com/EtsySellingHate?ref=hl

    7. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lauren Vaughn TAYLORS, SC
      • 18 days ago

      This is heartbreaking. I bought a geeky loki necklace off etsy. I had no idea they sold horrible racist items. I might not have bought anything if I had known.

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    • Emil frazier SUNNYVALE, CA
      • 19 days ago

      Im Black and live in America, and getting tired of wreckless companies being inconsiderate

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    • Thora Reynolds MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • 20 days ago

      I have two black granddaughters. Image is so important to self esteem. And they shop for dolls on Etsy!

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    • Pamela Seaworthy SANTA FE, NM
      • 20 days ago

      Now that you have seen the light about the Washington Redskins, why not take the easy step of adding this racist item to your list of unacceptable images. Ban these dolls.

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    • kellie peach McLennan SEBASTOPOL, CA
      • 20 days ago

      Racism is not ok.

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