Was at soft play earlier with my sister and our respective dc. My dc are white British, sisters are mixed white British/Jamaican.
As we were leaving a black woman came up to my sister and had a go at her, telling her that her sons top was offensive and that she should be ashamed of herself for putting it on him as it is racist because it had ‘cheeky monkey’ written on it. It’s just a bog standard long sleeved tshirt from Asda. My sister told the woman to mind her own business and we left. My sister is furious, she doesn’t think she’s done anything wrong, and the fact this was all done in front of the dc is getting to her as she had to explain to her 6 year old he wasn’t racist. But it’s got me thinking if she would have said something if it was one of my white dc wearing it?
Would you think it was offensive/racist if you saw it? And does it make a difference the race of the child wearing it?
I wouldn't give it a second thought if I saw it - on any race of child. I'm mixed race if that makes a difference. Some people are constantly on the lookout for a reason to be offended. Sorry that your nephew had to witness that.
If this happened I'm the monkeys uncle - 1/10. I'm mixed race, black people do not associate themselves with monkeys only racists do so I've literally never heard of a black person take offence over something they don't even believe in.
In addition I'm sick of made up race scandals designed to make it look as if all minorities are sitting around waiting to be offended so the more gullible white people can complain about said minorities being offended by stupid shit.
I would be a bit at seeing a white woman with a small black child labelled as 'cheeky monkey' Remember the childminder who wrote 'n****r' on a black mindees forehead. I don't think your sis did anything wrong and I think the woman was out of order, but I can see whence the seed of doubt came.
I would be a bit hmm at seeing a white woman with a small black child labelled as 'cheeky monkey
Then you would be the racist one, if you make a line between mixed race child and monkey. The mother did not (like any normal person would not). It's the people who draw a link with race that are being offensive.
My silly silly little brother (19) was locked up for racial abuse after calling his mate a 'cheeky monkey' when a black police officer was, unbeknownst to him, stood about 6 feet behind him (they were in a chicken shop at 3am). It took a black uncle who is also a barrister and the CCTV footage to get him out about 15 hours later. We're a mixed race family and had never associated black people with any other species because that's completely fucking absurd and horrifically racist so it never occurred to my brother it could ever be racist.
I don't think this is made up. There was a shop that was labelled 'racist' for dressing two black or mixed race (can't remember) children in monkey dress up customes whilst the other different race children were other animals, if anyone remembers?? So people do clearly think these things..