Equality in the world and especially in America has been a great topic of conversation lately. Stories have been all over the news and social media, and it has minorities feeling uncomfortable and angry. The dis-comfort is something that I feel is a good thing, but the anger is concerning. The black boy from the H&M ad that was wearing the hooded sweatshirt with the saying, “The coolest monkey in the Jungle”. Donald Trump made a comment about Haitians and Africans coming to America from their “Shithole countries”. Dave Chappelle made jokes about transgenders and those jokes have the LGBTQ community in an uproar. Inequality is something that has diseased human beings since humans started walking this planet. Inequality is more of a mental killer than it is physical. Equality is something that this world will never experience as long as human beings have that 1% difference in their genetic make-up. We are 99% the same but that small percentage creates differences in race, height, skin color, facial structure and this list goes on.
The black child that was dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” printed on the front, has black Americans highly upset. There have been recreations of this ad posted all over social media. The recreations of the ad alter the sweatshirt to display positive words or images. The recreations are happening because referring to a black person as a monkey is hurtful, disrespectful, and racists. This ad was very insensitive to an overly sensitive society today. The minority community is on edge and everything that seems even a bit racist will not be excepted. Whomever oversaw this ad is completely out of touch with the black community and what is considered disrespectful and hurtful. The funny part about this situation is the boy that is wearing the sweatshirt mother’s reaction. Her exact words are “Stop crying wolf all the time, unnecessary issue here… get over it.” There have been other advertisements that the black community has called racist. There will soon be no black faces in any advertisements and I am sure that will be an issue as well.
Donald Trump is a complete idiot and the world knows this. Yes, I think Donald Trump is racist, but I also feel the same about 41 of previous presidents. I wouldn’t consider JFK, Obama, and Lincoln racist presidents, based on what I have knowledge of. Trump is in the wrong era to speak negatively and think no one will find out about it right away. You can’t let his ignorance distract or discourage you from what’s most important for yourself and your family. This current presidential term is a complete reality show, but how can America be upset about something that is glorified and praised on a daily. Society today gave Donald Trump permission to become president. You can’t glorify drama and bullshit on a daily and not expect it to invade every aspect of your life. Reality tv and celebrities during the social media age have become bigger than life. It started with Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming Governor of California. He had no political qualifications but was elected based on popularity. All I can say is “be careful what you ask for.”
Dave Chappelle is the greatest comedian of my generation. He is raw, funny, and honest with his feelings and comedy. His honest comedy has transgenders upset and feel disrespected by Chappelle’s recent Netflix comedy specials. I am not transgender and that means that I can not identify with how a transgender should feel about jokes directed towards them. I am familiar with comedy and being a minority in America. I know that being sensitive in America will definitely stunt your growth. Every time someone jokes or speaks negatively about your sexuality shouldn’t rattle or hurt your feelings. You must understand that there are already issues with race, weight, money, and height. How do you think the world is going to react to a person changing their sex?
You Have to Relax
Words and advertisements have people upset and focused on shit that does not really matter. H&M will still go on with business as usual after this blows over in a week. Donald Trump is a racist president and the time to fix that was November of 2016. Dave Chappelle will continue to be booked and make millions of dollars regardless of other’s feelings. People will be mean and say some hurtful shit but if you let it anger you, or everything turns into a protest, how can you be taken seriously. This is not the civil rights movement so stop trying to recreate it. There is no such thing as equality amongst human beings. There will always be some separation and you can thank human beings for that. As a minority you will have to fight, work 10 times harder, and make very little mistakes. That is life and that changing may not happen before I die. I love being the underdog. I love to fight and overcome all obstacles thrown my way. I don’t want it easy or placed in my lap. The appreciation for what I receive won’t be as great as it would be if it came as easy for the non-minority. Focus on your life and goals and make them a priority for yourself and your loved ones.
Written By:Ronald Anthony Wilson.