Costco sells a lot -- but not this particular doll


What were they thinking?

The news is getting old now, but the controversy continues to be discussed throughout cyberspace, in newspapers and numerous web sites, including Snopes: earlier this month, Costco Wholesale Corp. pulled from their stores African-American dolls that were deemed to be racially insensitive.

And for understandable reasons. These African-American baby dolls, called "Cuddle with Me," were packaged with stuffed monkeys and wearing a hat that read, "Lil' Monkey."

Recently, a Boston policeman made news for calling a prominent African-American Harvard professor a "banana-eating jungle monkey." It's an ugly racial slur that is, unfortunately, still going strong in certain circles.

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