so…my mom was shopping in Target yesterday and she comes across these children shirts that at first look very cute but when you get a closer look as you can see in the picture one shirt has a military officer printed on it, another has what looks like a princess outfit and the shirt right in the middle has what appears to be a monkey with a banana…I’m never trying to be that person who automatically pulls the “Race card” and maybe this shirt is just for kids who like monkeys and banana’s I don’t know, all I know is how this looks and how this might make certain children feel.
In my opinion it could have easily been a mistake that didn’t happen on targets end of the deal, my mom took the picture because she obviously saw something that wasn’t right but I would love to know what you think, was it an accident? was it on purpose? or was it just how the company see’s equality….this reminds me of something my favorite actress Kerry Washington said in her acceptance speech at the 44th NAACP Image Awards:
"Gone are the days when our lead characters can only look like somebody else. Heroes look like all of us. We see ourselves in each others stories, we see who we are,we see who we want to be, sometimes we see who we don’t want to be and through that we have a greater understanding of ourselves and acceptance of each other. “…. “we must also work to ensure that the stories we tell, the movies we make, the television we produce, the theater we stage, the Novels we publish, are inclusive in all those same ways.””
I feel that that should also include situations like this.
I don’t know what disgusted me more about the photo, the idea that when an African American child child see’s this in the store he or she might think that they are less able to be what everything they hope to be (the American hero, the princess, or just a good person) or the fact that I’m even seeing it that way. it’s just that the Caucasian child has a military uniform on his shirt and the African American child instead of having something noble and brave and heroic he has a monkey…an animal, and I might be feeling too strongly about something so small but I have to say something or else I feel like nobody ever will. Why aren’t there children of all races and nationalities on the military shirt, on the princess shirt, and even on the monkey shirt, why can’t every child in America feel like they have a right to be a princess or serve there country? when children see things like this we think it might not have an affect on them but it will and it is and it always has, we’re working on building a better world yet our children are still being affected by things like this and I feel very strongly about it.
this summer Pineapple print is definitely one of the most understated yet popular trends around, whether you’re wearing them as earrings or rocking them on your favorite crop top they are sure to be a fun and cute way to enjoy your summer.
my first stop on the pineapple express is Forever 21:
Forever 21 Pineapple Flared Tank for $10.90 at Forever21.com
second stop on the Pineapple express is Urban Outfitters:
above is a male Pineapple Mesh tank top ($28.00 at Urban Outfitters.com)
Pineapple prints can be done in so many ways, one of my favorites that I have seen so far is this pineapple print ZeeGeeWhy She Thing Babydoll Dress on Urban Outfitters.com
my last favorite from Urban outfitters is this Vans M Rusden Pineapple button-down shirt ($49.00 at Urban Outfitters.com)
another amazing place to find Pineapple fashion this summer is Rue 21…you can never go wrong with a printed tank top on a hot summer day paired with maybe a jacket or vest or even better just left alone.
above is the Ombre pineapple swing tank ($12.99 at Rue 21.com) and below is the Pineapple racerback tank top ($7.99 at Rue 21.com)
what other ways can you where this trend? purses, earrings, necklaces…you name it, this summer trend is for everyone.
Actual conversation at target while looking at the normal size section:
Employee: “Do these sizes fit you?”
Me: “Yes, for the most part.” (Genuinely confused at why she was asking)
Employee: “Well the big girl sizes are down there.”
@malfuys ugh, I’m so sorry that happend to you, that was so rude. I have alot of issues with target right now, I actually think I might stop shopping there all together.