The "Feel Better Doll" has a label that instructs people to "pop the doll against a wall," "when things are not going well."
Angela McKnight, the legislator of New Jersey, said she had visited a store in the one-dollar zone in Bayonne and found the toy "offensive and disturbing" on so many levels.
"Racism has no place in the world and I will not tolerate it, especially not in this district. When I saw the doll in person I winced and was deeply disappointed by the thought that a black child was beaten by another child or an adult out of sheer pleasure. To show a product children or to teach that it is okay to beat another child, regardless of race, to feel well is sick. "
Ricky Shah, president of the one-dollar zone, said the company had immediately pulled the dolls off the shelves after customers expressed concerns about them.
" One-dollar zone apologizes profoundly for This incident, "Shah said." One dollar zone said the controve rsial dolls were part of an assorted purchase of 35,000 units. "The company said it was trying to inspect all items but could not catch it all.
The Dolls came in two more colors, green and yellow, the company added.
The doll maker is Harvey Hutter Co. The company phone numbers have been discontinued and the site no longer exists.
One Dollar Zone operates about 30 stores in the northeast, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.