This broom with a doll on it consists of both Caribbean women traditions and the African-American Aunt Jemima tradition. The women is dressed in stereotypical domestic servant clothes. She wears large hoop earrings showing the island tradition for women of color. She has dark skin and large facial features. It is a belief that a black servant will do a good job cleaning your house so have her on your broom so that you will do a good job cleaning as well. This idea left some with mixed emotions for the broom some liked it and it was a popular buy and others were offended of the stereotype of black women always being a domestic servant.
Arts and Humanities, African American Studies, Langston University, Doll Collection, Race, Ethnicity, Post Colonial Studies, History