Things taken as racist vs. racist intentions:
H&M is being targeted because of their hoodie ad featuring a black child in a hoodie that says "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle". [highsnobiety.com]
I thought it was interesting that it's quite obviously "racially insensitive", but not exactly racist, unless of course they intended to portray the child as an actual monkey. (We're all just apes anyway, regardless of 'race' ).
What are your thoughts? If we were post-racism, then this ad would be totally harmless. Nobody would even link the two concepts. Clearly, we're not.
Should a company be vilified for being ignorant about racism? Is that not sort of the ideal that we all become "colorblind"? Is that even possible? Since culture and skin color have become so intertwined, would anyone really want that? To give up their distinct cultural identity to make race 'not a thing'?