I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thng, but apparently racism is on a decline here in America. Well, maybe not America entirely; but at least out in Los Angeles. I mean, I could be wrong; hell, I’m just a freelance racism chaser with a blog. But when professionals like the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP stars finding racism in the Hallmark card section of Walmart, what are people like me supposed to think:
CULVER CITY, Calif. (KABC) — A graduation card sold at local stores has been pulled from shelves after a civil rights group raised concerns about the content. The group claims the card’s micro-speaker plays a greeting that’s racist.
It is a graduation greeting from Hallmark that says, “Hey world, we are officially putting you on notice.”
Members of the Los Angeles NAACP did take notice. As characters known as “Hoops” and “Yoyo” banter on, African American leaders hear offensive language.
“And you black holes, you are so ominous. Watch your back,” the card vocalizes.
“That was very demeaning to African American women. When it made reference to African American women as whores and at the end, it says ‘watch your back,’” said Leon Jenkins of the Los Angeles NAACP.
When Hallmark was reached by phone, they said the card is all a misunderstanding. The card’s theme is the solar system and emphasizes the power of the grad to take over the universe, even energy-absorbing black holes.
The card company says the card speaks about the power the grad will wield.
“The intent here is to say that this graduate is not afraid of anything,” explained Hallmark spokesman Steve Doyal.
But that’s not what some people heard.
“You hear the ‘r’ in there. ‘Whores,’ not, ‘holes.’ The ‘r’ is in there,” said Minnie Hatley of the Los Angeles NAACP.
Hallmark sent Eyewitness News a transcript of what the card says, but Hatley says that the actual audio raises questions.I don’t know if you agree with the NAACP on this one or not. All I can say is that obviously out in L.A. things have changed. Once upon a time minorities were caught on tape being beaten by cops; being acquitted of murdering rich white women; and, rioting while throwing the occasional brick at unsuspecting white truck drivers!
But not today, folks; and the NAACP has obviously done a fine job of eradicating the once racial climate that was Los Angeles. Hell, I might just pack up my family and move out there. Shit, at least I won’t have to worry about some graduation card calling one of my daughters a “black hole.” I mean that’s obviously worse than being called a bitch by one of those Compton gangster rappers, right? Oh snap!! I forgot the NAACP was successful in stopping those gangster rappers when they buried the word “nigger” a few years ago.
Way to go Colored folks!