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People Are Pointing Out Examples Of Alleged ‘Everyday Racism’ In Shops
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People Are Pointing Out Examples Of Alleged ‘Everyday Racism’ In Shops

In difficult times like these, Twitter often turns into a space for heated debates. And if it hits a nerve, it may spiral out of control.

This is what happened when Jesús A. Rodríguez tweeted a photo showing a supermarket shelf with the caption “it’s more than just the police.” The image showed an aisle of locked-up hair products allegedly aimed at black hair. Jesús’s post soon racked up 606K likes and 191K retweets and got everyone debating the issue. Others joined in to share more pics from supermarkets calling them out for “everyday systematic racism.”

But some remained skeptical over whether the issue has anything to do with racism. In reply to Jesús’s post, Nola Darling said that “stores lock up products that are mostly stolen.” Let’s dive into the stormy discussion down below to see how it progressed.

This post sparked a stormy discussion on Twitter

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Many joined in to share what they spotted at supermarkets

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Institutional and systematic racism have become keywords in the wake of the George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Mary Frances O’Dowd, a senior lecturer of Indigenous Studies at CQUniversity Australia, described these two terms in a piece for The Conversation. “’Systemic racism,’ or ‘institutional racism,’ refers to how ideas of white superiority are captured in everyday thinking at a systems level: taking in the big picture of how society operates, rather than looking at one-on-one interactions.”

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It’s also important to note that “these systems can include laws and regulations, but also unquestioned social systems.” This means that systematic racism can stem from “education, access, and hiring practices.” It penetrates, both openly and invisibly, every aspect of our daily lives.

For example, Joaquin Phoenix called out systematic racism in the film industry as his speech for leading actor at the 2020 BAFTA awards. “I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here. I think it’s more than just having sets that are multicultural. We have to do really the hard work to truly understand systemic racism.”

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Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary currently defines racism as:

1.   a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2.   a) a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles, b) a political or social system founded on racism
3.   racial prejudice or discrimination

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But Kennedy Mitchum, a recent graduate of Drake University in Iowa, suggested that the definition should include a reference to systemic oppression. On May 28, she emailed American Merriam-Webster and pointed out that racism is “both prejudice combined with social and institutional power. It is a system of advantage based on skin color.”

Merriam-Webster replied the next day and said the issue needs to be addressed urgently. Merriam-Webster’s editorial manager Peter Sokolowski told the BBC that the wording of the second definition of racism will be “even more clear in our next release.” “It could be expanded to include the term systemic and it will certainly have one or two example sentences, at least,” he said.

But others felt like the issue has nothing to do with racism

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Others found the pricing was the issue

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And more people had to add to the debate

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Slinkman
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They lock it up when it gets stolen often, they don't lock it up when stealing isn't much of an issue. So if the store near you locks shit up, then it says more about your neighbourhood than it does about the store owner. Locking shit up is an reaction to an action.

Kurtz Frausun
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In my neighborhood Walgreens, the men's Mach 3 razors have theft prevention. The women's razors, of equal value, don't.

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Malice Evil
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this whole racism thing is getting out of hand and people are becoming paranoid seeing it everywhere. These things can be explained by locking up high theft items, different production batches, people hoarding and a maximum sales limit, people actually having black hair....sooo many other reasonable explanations. even the fact that this is considered "racist" is a gimps of the dystopian society that is in the US. If even these mundane things are RACIST and trigger people then everything is and the word RACIST loses all if it's significance. I personally think that words like "RACIST, BIGGOT, HOMOPHOBE, TRANSFOBE" should not be used lightly.

Ivana
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would agree that the racism thing is way out of hand. Been 155 years since slavery ended and we still disproportional arrest people of color, given them higher sentences for the same crimes, drastically under fund their schools, teach people of color they have a lesser value, and then call them paranoid when they point out injustice. Let's agree that these items are high theft items. Notice how they are not TVs or electronics. They are basic necessities. When you have high theft of cheap necessities that are clearly designated for one particular race...doesn't that show you that there is a high degree of racism that they face? May be if they had better schools, were more likely to be hired, or just didn't get arrested for being black they wouldn't have to steal shampoo.

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Lea Poli
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If people would stop stealing shit then they wouldn't have to lock everything up!

Tracy Rowe
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2 years ago

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if systemic racism didn't make it difficult to get a proper education or even just get work, people of color could afford to buy necessities and not steal them.

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Slinkman
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They lock it up when it gets stolen often, they don't lock it up when stealing isn't much of an issue. So if the store near you locks shit up, then it says more about your neighbourhood than it does about the store owner. Locking shit up is an reaction to an action.

Kurtz Frausun
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In my neighborhood Walgreens, the men's Mach 3 razors have theft prevention. The women's razors, of equal value, don't.

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Malice Evil
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this whole racism thing is getting out of hand and people are becoming paranoid seeing it everywhere. These things can be explained by locking up high theft items, different production batches, people hoarding and a maximum sales limit, people actually having black hair....sooo many other reasonable explanations. even the fact that this is considered "racist" is a gimps of the dystopian society that is in the US. If even these mundane things are RACIST and trigger people then everything is and the word RACIST loses all if it's significance. I personally think that words like "RACIST, BIGGOT, HOMOPHOBE, TRANSFOBE" should not be used lightly.

Ivana
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would agree that the racism thing is way out of hand. Been 155 years since slavery ended and we still disproportional arrest people of color, given them higher sentences for the same crimes, drastically under fund their schools, teach people of color they have a lesser value, and then call them paranoid when they point out injustice. Let's agree that these items are high theft items. Notice how they are not TVs or electronics. They are basic necessities. When you have high theft of cheap necessities that are clearly designated for one particular race...doesn't that show you that there is a high degree of racism that they face? May be if they had better schools, were more likely to be hired, or just didn't get arrested for being black they wouldn't have to steal shampoo.

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Lea Poli
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If people would stop stealing shit then they wouldn't have to lock everything up!

Tracy Rowe
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2 years ago

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if systemic racism didn't make it difficult to get a proper education or even just get work, people of color could afford to buy necessities and not steal them.

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