Friday, January 12, 2018
Maybe it is a good sign
Maybe it is a good sign
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little expertise on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but are wrong. As always, please no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
An apparel company recently got itself in hot water with a racist ad. The company was advertising hooded sweatshirts. One of their ads was a sweatshirt with a logo “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” This shirt was modeled by a young black child.
Racist? You bet.
I sincerely believe this company did not place an ad with a racist image on purpose. If I am right, it could be a sign of progress.
Perhaps the world is not seeing black and white quite to the extent that it has in the past. Perhaps young people are not seeing race the same as people of previous generations have seen race. A clearly racist ad posted because the generation that produced it does not see race and therefore did not see the inherent racism is actually a good thing.
My children have black friends. My step daughter’s roommate is African American. I worked with and worked for African Americans. My current neighbors on both sides of my town home are African American.
My mother, god bless her, was racist. She did not wear a white hood, she did not hate black people, but she was raised in a southern city, lived in an all-white neighborhood, and went to an all-white school, and yeah, she was probably a little bit racist.
I’d like to think that I am not the least bit racist, but yeah, I probably am not without prejudice.
I remember when my son was 10 and we were watching the movie “Remember the Titans” which was about the integration of a high school football team in Virginia in the 70’s. My son did not understand what all the friction was about and I had to explain how integrating whites and blacks in the 70’s south was a big deal. He had trouble understanding that concept.
Yes, I know, racism is still a very big concern in this country, and we need to keep a spotlight on the issue, but while we aim to eradicate racism completely, we should at least acknowledge where we have improved.
From one generation to another racism has been less and less insidious. Perhaps the fact that a clearly racist ad was allowed to pass censure is a result not of actual racism, but of a generation which no longer sees race and therefore does not see racism that is obvious to those of us that still think in terms of black and white.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.