Why Racism is still very much alive

The Recent H&M Marketing Scandal

 

HOSIE, R.
The parents of the boy at the centre of the 'racist' H&M hoodie storm have spoken out
In-text: (Hosie, Rachel)
Your Bibliography: Hosie, Rachel. "The Parents Of The Boy At The Centre Of The 'Racist' H&M Hoodie Storm Have Spoken Out." The Independent, 2018, http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/hm-hoodie-racism-model-parents-terry-frank-mango-h-and-m-a8160116.html.

 

Due to the recent spur that went viral with H&M marketing mistake that has been viewed as an act of Racial profiling. The parents of the child who was viewed modeling in a "Coolest monkey in the jungle" hoodie have spoken out. After the photo of the child went viral, the company faced a lot of backlash from negative trends on social media, endorsement deals with various celebrities bringing their partnership to an end because of the effect this could have on their own self as a brand and the days followed by with many protests within their stores from within the United States to as far as South Africa. The parents of the child, names Liam Mango have come out to say "I wouldn’t see such a connection to anything other than my son modeling a shirt" in a recent interview with ITV. These remarks by the parents have been viewed differently by the people of color community. Right now the community stands divided between seeing this situation as "not a big deal/mistake" and rather condemning the behavior of various people who acted profoundly in H&M stores which forced many of them to close down and people who see the situation as a reason for H&M to be racist and hurt their own brand. Racism remarks have been viewed everywhere from department stores to politics and sports and until the black community can stand together and continue this fight rather than being divided then racism would continue to win on.

 

The King: How far have we come?

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., MODEL OF AN AMERICAN PATRIOT
In-text: ("Martin Luther King, Jr., Model Of An American Patriot")
Your Bibliography: "Martin Luther King, Jr., Model Of An American Patriot." The White House, 2018, https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/martin-luther-king-jr-model-american-patriot/.

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"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’" are words by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. almost every grade school child can recite, hopefully. Today I take you on a journey 55 years back to 1963 when the war on Racism was deep into battle, that day was a win for the people of color, although that win was just a fight. How far have we come in the world today? As a black journalist, I can tell you that as the world takes a step forward in the war to defeat racism, the world, particularly as what we depict as the "Western world" takes 3 steps back. Kings greatest legacy as a civil right activist was making the world see that all man is equal no matter the amount of pigment in our skin. Fast forward to 2018 and there are still people, going Scott free even after the murders of Trayvon Martin down to Sandra Bland have still not received their justice. The world is cruel is what my parents keep telling me, a black person from a fairly good background, who loves to have a voice in social opinion is the oppressors biggest enemy. It's another and there would be more fatalities and organizations forcing us to keep quiet but every year we rise stronger together because black is beautiful, white is beautiful, hate is unnecessary and together is the only way we can be stronger.  

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White Supremacy still casts a shadow over the trump presidency

SHUGERMAN, E.
White supremacy still casts a shadow over the Trump presidency after a year of controversy
In-text: (Shugerman, Emily)
Your Bibliography: Shugerman, Emily. "White Supremacy Still Casts A Shadow Over The Trump Presidency After A Year Of Controversy." The Independent, 2018, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-white-supremacy-first-year-charlottesville-shithole-countries-president-embrace-racism-a8166821.html.

Lesa Webb of Los Angeles, California, holds up a sign before marching in the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr march and parade in Denver, Colorado JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Image

With the reference to Mexican as "Rapists", preventing Muslims from entering the United States to abandoned promises. The 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump has certainly had a roller coaster 12 months. It has been said Trump won his presidency with the crying of white supremacists and this could not be any truer especially after he blamed a white supremacist rally on "Both Sides". A misogynic liar, Trump clearly states he is "the least racist person you'll ever meet" but his actions are clearly perpendicular to his words. When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would condemn Duke and say he didn’t want a vote from him or any other white supremacists, Trump claimed that he didn’t know anything about white supremacists or about Duke himself. David Duke is a former KKK Leader who has built their cult on the stepping and stomping of people of color. Chris Barker, an Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, said he had never seen applications for his chapter grow at the rate they did that summer.

 

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