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Watch: Indiana store owners defend “Darkie” and “Kolored Kids” soap as “not about black and white”

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If you're going to try to get people to think of you as "definitely not a racist," there are probably better ways to do it than selling "Darkie" and "Kolored Kids" soap in your gift shop, then refusing to remove them when people get offended. No one seems to have told this to Gary Dewester, whose store in Indiana's Logan Village Mall is now under fire for selling the misguided novelty soaps in what he calls the store's "joke drawer," alongside other varieties such as "Morning Cock and "Gay Johnny."

"You politically correct people can dance to your own tune," he gripes to super-legitimate local journalist Kimberly King in the above clip, where it's also revealed that Dewester, with his notoriously good judgment, has worked as a public defender for the past thirty years. His wife Kim, with whom he co-owns the shop, doesn't really help their case when she says, "It's not about black and white… it's about history." Ah yes, those two notoriously separate realms — history and, you know, current racial tension.

So what do you think? Valuable historical artifacts or just grossly, grossly inappropriate things to sell in a gift shop?