I’ve seen a lot of stupidity. But this next bit of stupidity surprises even me.
It starts with a completely innocent graduation card, sold by Hallmark. The theme seems to be that a particular graduate is so awesome, they can rule not just the world, but the whole universe.
The card has an audio component, featuring the cartoon characters Hoops & Yo-Yo. The characters talk in silly high-pitched voices.
Their dialogue goes like this:
“Hey world, we’re officially putting you on notice.”
“You better watch out, because this graduate here is kicking rear and taking names.”
“This graduate is going to run the world, run the universe, and run everything after that.”
“Whatever that is.”
“And you black holes . . . you’re so ominous.”
“Congratulations! Good luck taking over the world.”
“Hey planets, watch your back.”
– End –
Ok. So you’re wondering. What could the NAACP possibly object to?
Well, here it is. According to the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP:
“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. Click here for more info.
Does Mr. Jenkins not understand that “black holes” are bodies in space? That this card had nothing to do with black women (or any other women)? And to hear something about black women in the card, you would have to be either unbelievably ignorant, paranoid, deranged, or desperately seeking attention?
Or does Mr. Jenkins not even care? Was he just looking for an excuse to display his awesome political power?
Sadly, Hallmark caved. ABC News reports: “Hallmark is now notifying all of its stores to pull the card. Walgreens and CVS are doing the same.”
The NAACP maintains that the United States is filled with white bigots, who endorse negative stereotypes about blacks. Just for the sake of argument, let’s assume that this is true.
Mr. Jenkins, how might your protest effect the image of blacks in America?
And the next time a black person complains about racism, will anyone take them seriously?
Posted by David Steinberg