What is it with some white South Africans’ penchant for living in an a-historical bubble? Gumtree, the South African Craigslist, is running an ad for an apartment in Randburg, a former white suburb…
I finally put a name to the face of the woman wearing the slave ship dress. She still looks so ignorantly happy about it.
My inclination is that the perpetrators’ actions are warning signs—people who flaunt an unnatural ignorance of what behaviors fall far outside of acceptable societal norms and are conspicuously devoid of empathy should be monitored by the government, or failing that, citizens’ groups. Their communications and financial transactions should be scrutinized. These people are dangerous. If they’re not yet criminals they no doubt have the potential to be, and they’re practically screaming about it in public.
To find acceptable the blasé placement of an icon of genocide and unquantifiable human suffering on commercial products is to be someone who does not see and does not respect other people’s humanity. To be the one responsible is worse, inherently dangerous. It is to be incapable of respecting others’ basic human dignity. It is to be someone who lacks what faculties allow most of us to regard others as conscious, individual living persons, each with an inner life, a public life, a family, a history—and a right to be recognized.
In short, those who put the slave ship images on their products do not encounter others as people who can be hurt, but as things, incidental occurrences in a world in which they exist as its sole thinking, feeling entities.
This depiction is an act or declaration of violence, and while it alone is not against the law, it’s no stretch to think a person who commits a trespass of this kind could only avoid committing others by luck.
In case anyone forgot, here’s the image of the woman wearing the fucking SLAVE SHIP APRON. You can PHYSICALLY see the bodies on the print:
Oh…that wont do
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So fucking powerful.
i only just got this wow brilliant