Savannah's tourist tchotckes tend to focus on pirate kitsch, shying away from all of the Lost Cause nonsense that seems Charleston's specialty. Still, we were in the south, so I should not have been surprised to see this.:
Who buys these "mammy" figures? I mean that honestly, not rhetorically. What age are they? They must be white. Are they exclusively southern? What goes through their heads as they pick up the pitcher or the mug or the salt and pepper shakers, as they pay for it at the counter? Would the people selling or buying the souvenirs in the top photo be disturbed to learn that the shop is located in a building that once housed a slave market? Would that change their minds about buying and selling these items? Would they make a connection, or would they have a ready excuse that there is no connection, that this doesn't depict slavery, and that anyone who can't just see how "cute" they are is just trying to be angry? Do they even see a juxtaposition between this artifact of racism and the very real African Americans right outside the door, tourists just like themselves?