A clothing display at a Walmart in North Las Vegas is causing people to lash out at the store and demand they take it down.
According to KTNV-TV in Vegas, people are complaining that a display of clothing suspended from the ceiling is racist. The display is of various outfits, hanging from a long green chain and some customers say it looks like people being lynched.
The news station asked people what they thought of the display and one person said, “four black items hanging from the ceiling as if they were four black people.” A woman said it looked like,”people hanging from the ceiling.” Other people said they didn’t see anything wrong with display at all.
Now, ordinarily I take cries of racism very seriously and have no problem calling ignorant, racist asshats out for their blatant ignorance. This is not one of those times. This display looks exactly nothing like people being lynched and everything like a clothing display. While it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, it’s not racism.
There is certainly tons of racism in this country. There is an alarming level of vapid ignorance running rampant, thanks to the right-wing’s mission to demonize minorities. We see cops killing unarmed black children, cop-wannabees killing teenage boys, police officers choking someone to death over cigarettes and actual displays with the president or other African-Americans being lynched. But this is nothing like any of those things.
We have a very real and serious problem with racism in this country, but we need to make sure that when we scream “racism” it is actually because something is racist. Do we think it’s racist when clothes are on coat hangers? Of course not. Had Walmart suspended mannequins from the ceiling dressed in outfits, that’d be an entirely different article; but, this is literally clothes on a hanger up high so that people can find the clothing section easily.
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