ABWH Statement Regarding the Django Unchained Action Figures
The Association of Black Women Historians is appalled by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc.'s decision to produce Django Unchained action figures/collectables. For nearly 300 years, our ancestors diligently fought for freedom, justice, and equality against a system of brutality, sexual torture and the willful destruction of our families. This struggle should not be taken lightly. We believe the production of these action figures is offensive, disrespectful, and degrading to our legacy. Action figures such as "Superman," "Batman" or even the female characters like "Wonder Woman," or "Catwoman," are fictitious characters that do not draw upon sensitive issues. To sell enslaved and enslaver dolls for the purposes of entertainment is a disgraceful marketing tactic that we cannot condone. It is no longer our literal bodies on the auctioning block, now it is our past.
- Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross on behalf of the Association of Black Women Historians