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Sacramento mom calls Playmobil pirate set racist

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A Sacramento mother is outraged over a Playmobil pirate ship set figurine that resembles an African American slave wearing a neck shackle.

Ida Lockett of Sacramento said her 5-year-old son received the toy as a birthday present. When she was helping him assemble it, she noticed the instructions told her to put a play shackle around the figure’s neck.

CBS 13 Sacramento interviewed Locket about the set in this video.

Playmobil said in a statement to The Washington Post that the toy was intended to portray life on a 17th-century pirate ship.

“If you look at the box, you can see that the pirate figure is clearly a crew member on the pirate ship and not a captive,” the company said, according to The Post. “The figure was meant to represent a pirate who was a former slave in a historical context. It was not our intention to offend anyone in anyway.”

 

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Posted by Ida Ida on Sunday, October 4, 2015
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