This afternoon one of my Twitter-friends tweeted about a racist t-shirt for sale at Zazzle.com. The design is one of the “top ten viewed designs” on Zazzle.com.
Because I don’t want to get sued for copyright infringement, I have not posted the t-shirt on my blog, but you can see it by clicking this link.
As you can see (once you click the link), the t-shirt uses a nonstandard version of the word “renege” to slyly–but not sly enough–refer to President Obama by the “n-word.” Other examples of nonstandard words would be “irregardless” or “conversate”—only this nonstandard word signifies something mean and low down about a Black person. Maybe this seems like a small thing, but I am not yet desensitized to blatant racism just yet.
The seller keeps leaving comments about “free speech” and “patriotism” but there is a difference between someone being a “patriot” and someone being a racist. Or even someone being a Republican and someone being a racist.
Trust me, I know. I once was in love with someone who voted for George W. Bush. Twice. Yes, he was Black, and yes, I do wonder what was wrong with him, first, and then me for loving him, but still, he wasn’t a racist.
Several Twitter-friends and I have posted comments objecting to the offensiveness of the t-shirt, but the seller just keeps deleting the comments, including the one I posted telling him/her that I was an English teacher and had looked up the word in the Oxford English Dictionary, only to find it was nonstandard. So, clearly, it is time for Decent People Action.
I am asking that the readers of this blog contact Zazzle’s Customer Service by phone or email to complain and ask that they take this racist t-shirt down for sale. Also, I hope y’all would encourage others to do the same.
Please call 1-888-8ZAZZLE (892-9953) or (408) 983-2800 during the hours of Mon – Fri: 8AM – 6PM PST(11AM – 9PM EST) and complain. To email, click this link and fill out the form and complain
Either way, please complain–and often, until the t-shirt is taken down for sale. When you contact Zazzle’s customer service PLEASE BE VERY POLITE AND DO NOT CUSS ANYBODY OUT. The last thing we want is to act rude when we’re complaining about someone else’s rudeness.