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To worry most people won’t ever ‘get it’

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OverTheRainbow88 Sun 09-Aug-20 20:00:51

All the marches, Protests etc and people still don’t seem to understand!

Will they ever?

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userxx Sun 09-Aug-20 20:01:57

Clearly not.

Deadringer Sun 09-Aug-20 20:02:22

Eh?

Wtfdidwedo Sun 09-Aug-20 20:03:02

What?

Trashtara Sun 09-Aug-20 20:03:22

Nope, some people will never get it.

Lifeisgenerallyfun Sun 09-Aug-20 20:04:10

I’m not sure why there is a picture of a book under a headline saying shopper calls out racist t shirt - so no clearly I don’t get it because it makes no sense.

RowboatsinDisguise Sun 09-Aug-20 20:04:15

Guarantee the last page of that book is ‘that’s my mermaid she’s so blonde haired and blue eyed’.

GennyCrabby Sun 09-Aug-20 20:04:28

That photo doesn't appear to match the headline?

User7312019 Sun 09-Aug-20 20:05:02

But it’s not a criticism of her hair - the whole premise of the books is naming a difference between the mermaid they’re looking at and their mermaid. That doesn’t imply there’s anything wrong with her hair it’s just different?

OverTheRainbow88 Sun 09-Aug-20 20:05:06

Sorry didn’t explain that Tesco printed that image as a T-shirt.

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Monsterjam Sun 09-Aug-20 20:05:08

It’s so sad isn’t it! Hopefully everywhere selling it pulls the line and the book as well. BAME people are so under represented in books (and most other ways) and for the representation to be racist is just awful

HPandTheNeverEndingBedtime Sun 09-Aug-20 20:05:54

The image on the front of the book (in the picture) was used on a t-shirt on toddler clothing in Tescos.

Wtfdidwedo Sun 09-Aug-20 20:06:41

But the whole series of books are based on "that's not my" including dinosaurs, unicorns, dogs etc. with different items on them.

SimonJT Sun 09-Aug-20 20:07:11

The fact that this goes straight over peoples heads is really worrying.

Rose789 Sun 09-Aug-20 20:07:12

www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8607229/Mum-discovers-racist-T-shirt-features-black-mermaid-fluffy-hair-Tesco.html

Link to the story op.
Massive fuck up from Tesco and there is no excuse

eyeoresancerre Sun 09-Aug-20 20:07:48

I get it. It's shit and insulting. Could have described hair 100 different positive ways and they didn't. You're not being precious.

Madmoxxi Sun 09-Aug-20 20:08:14

I'm aware of a t shirt sold a Tescos where the phrase was taken from that boom but was changed, I heard as I've never read it, but are we saying they dont get it; it's racist. Or they dont get it; it's not racist?

Littlepond Sun 09-Aug-20 20:10:02

Some people will never get it, will never try and get it, will never educate themselves or be prepared to change their minds.

This was awful from Tesco and it’s very depressing that people can’t or won’t see the racist element of this. If you don’t understand how this is offensive, educate yourselves.

Margaritatime Sun 09-Aug-20 20:10:29

OP no idea why pp don’t get it. I hope at some point everyone understands.

TheGoldenChild Sun 09-Aug-20 20:12:44

It's actually s sensory book. Each page has a different "feel" for the child. One mermaid has fluffy hair and you can feel the fluff. The next page says "this isn't my mermaid her clip is too bumpy" and then the child feels the plastic hair slide on the page and so on.
It's not racism. It's a kids book. There's about 6 different versions of it with a diffrerent mermaid and race on each front cover.

PicsInRed Sun 09-Aug-20 20:13:04

Oh most of them do get it. But they're racist and don't want to concede a single solitary point.

The more obtuse the argument and the more gentle and smiling they are as they deliver it, the more racist they invariably are at the core.

HollyHocks13 Sun 09-Aug-20 20:14:18

This was a terrible decision from Tesco. It's heartbreaking also that some people just can't understand why this would be offensive or confusing to a child of Afro Caribbean descent. It just shows how engrained racial prejudice is in our society.

RoosterPie Sun 09-Aug-20 20:15:18

It isn’t meant negatively but it was foolish because black people have had their hair mocked for being “fuzzy” etc for years.

My understanding from twitter is that it was previously a white mermaid with blonde fuzzy hair but this is a newer version which was intended to be inclusive?

iswhois Sun 09-Aug-20 20:15:26

I presume it's the "fluffy hair" comment that people find offensive?

Monsterjam Sun 09-Aug-20 20:15:33

@TheGoldenChild and they couldn’t have given the black mermaid the bumpy clip? It’s a stereotype that black people have fuzzy hair and this book / top perpetuates that. Imagine being a young black girl and this is all a book had to say about you... you are not right because your hair is too bumpy

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