RACISM STORM: Shoppers slam H&M over ‘racist’ advert showing black youngster wearing a ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’ hoodie
Style blogger Stephanie Yeboah shared the advert on Twitter, writing: “Whose idea was it @hm to have this little sweet black boy wear a jumper that says ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’?
“I mean. What.”
“I’m f***ing disgusted,” she adds. “Like…what was the thought process behind this @hm ???”
The post was retweeted nearly 14,000 times within a day of being shared on January 7.
But many people disagreed with the accusations.
George wrote on Twitter: “That obviously isn’t meant to be racist. It’s only offensive if you choose for it to be, which you have.”
And Twitter user Kwame said it was “just modelling” and “done with no harming intention”.
However, Ms Yeboah adds: “As somebody who has been called a monkey many times by white people (both to my face and online), this is absolutely unacceptable.
“Ignorance is not an excuse anymore, it’s 2018.”
H&M have since removed the image and apologised for any offence caused.
Is Racism Taught Through Love
Wetbacks was the name used by my favorite uncle to describe Mexicans regardless of their immigration status.
Racism is a learned way of thinking and is not endemic to the culture or a person. It is taught to us by those we love and trust to know better. If, however, no one explains racism and the effects it has on both those who remain its target and those that are wielding this oppressive tool things can get very confusing.
I am reminded of a brilliant special (Freedom Riders) I saw on PBS regarding the bus riders determined to break legally sanctioned racism by riding public buses together through the South.
Several times during the course of this incredible film there were closeups of young innocent white faces spewing aggressive and upsetting epithets and then justifying this behavior. Witnessing this most troubling and disturbing display of hatred left me clear about racism in a different way and allowed me to understand what racism is and is not.
Many of us are taught to believe that white folks enjoy being racist.
That it is an integral part of white culture with the only option being : avoid “whitey” in any and all possible situations. Once, I offered to house my nephew for the Summer with myself and my white partner only to be told by an adult,” No thanks, he likes to stick with his own.” I was beyond shocked and tried to figure out where did this thinking come from because this individual was only a year younger than me.
Witnessing the unconscionable ignorance within my own family and the young white shrieking faces in the movie, the roots of racism became obvious to me.
While this fear based identity and familially sanctioned bigotry kept many of us alive, it did very little to provide spaces for individuals to seek out and experience healthy, productive and respectful relationships.
Hate speech is vocal pornography, says Archbishop Gregory.
The Archbishop of Atlanta said this week that racism must be solved through encounter, and stressed that ignorance is the fuel to bigotry and hate speech, which he likened to a type of pornography.
“Such harsh and insulting language has too often given rise to acts of violence that destroy any sense of civility and public decorum. We should call such speech what it is: pornographic violence,” said the Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory in an interview with the Georgia Bulletin.
“We need more opportunities to encounter one another, and thus our metropolitan community provides a unique environment to counter the ignorance that fuels and too often ignites racism and violence.”
He expressed gratitude for the many religious leaders who have fought for civil rights and desegregation, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Archbishop Paul Hallinan, and Rabbi Jacob Rothschild.
“These remarkable personalities offered opportunities for people to meet one another as persons of dignity and this has helped immensely,” said Archbishop Gregory, noting, however, that he is not blind to areas in need of improvement, even within his own diocese.
The archbishop’s interview comes following the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rallies in Charlottesville, Va. on August 11-12, which drew members of neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan groups, as well as other white supremacists.
Organizers said the event was to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, but attendees also chanted racist messages.
On Saturday, a 20-year-old man from Ohio drove a car into the counter-protest which featured a diverse array of groups including religious leaders, Black Lives Matter, and the anarchist group Antifa. One woman was killed and 19 people were injured in the incident. The driver was charged with second-degree murder.
The U.S. bishops have condemned the violence and announced the creation of a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism to focus on galvanizing the Church and society to fight the evil of racism and minister to its victims.