Mother furious after finding ‘racist’ instructions on child’s toy

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California mother is furious after she says her son’s pirate ship has racist connotations.

Ida Lockett says her son was excited to receive the pirate ship set for his fifth birthday.

“I spent the weekend putting it together,” she told KOVR.

After putting the set together, she noticed something different about one of the characters.

The dark-skinned character had no shoes and tattered pants. It also came with instructions to put some sort of neck piece on him.

“You cannot have this specific accessory and call it anything else,” she said. “The fact that you can Google it, look it up, say what it is – it’s a slave collar.”

The ship comes with an area that she calls a dungeon.

“It’s definitely racist,” she said. “It told my son to put a slave cuff around the black character’s neck, and then to play with the toy.”

KOVR reached out to the toy’s maker and the retailer who sold the toy, but did not hear back.

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