Wow, this is really revealing to me. I mean, I'm delighted that people are choosing to buy our products at the two retailers who are carrying them. But I've never been called racist before, and I'm very disturbed. I asked the board members what they thought of it, and they agreed that it's inappropriate. Why, then, did we let it go out? We, who are fighting for social justice! I have to take a good hard look at myself.
Racism is deeply embedded in our society, I know that. In fact, I chose that graphic partly because it expressed my disgust with white privilege and black oppression. It certainly wasn't my intention to offend, but I can see it in a different light now that it's been pointed out to me. I can see that it implies that we believe all people of color are victims, or can't provide for themselves. It appropriately satirizes the problem of white privilege, but at the expense of our black brothers and sisters. They aren't a minority, they aren't weak or meek or needy by any means.
The African heritage in American culture is a critical piece. This country was born to be diverse, and whites were already seriously screwing that up before we even declared independence from Britain. I deeply admire the African-Americans I have known, and the entire culture, and each person's ability to keep fighting for equal rights and social justice, each young person who finishes college in spite of still being beaten down by whites in so many ways, each lawyer and doctor and politician and pastor and teacher who speaks out for his/her people and forces us to see our errors.
Thank you, so much, customers who clearly care about advancing our society past racism. We must call one another out when a casual assumption becomes a racist social statement. It is my intention to be part of the solution, not contribute to the problem! I am calling our retailers now and asking them to pull their remaining stock. We'll send them new items with the corrected insert immediately.