(Photo via Saladin Ahmed)
There are times when we all have the ability to be overly sensitive. We can let our emotions run away from us, while leaving the actual logic that it takes to operate in reality and move forward with expressing asinine conjecture like it is a revealing truth. Furthermore, social media has its own reality, where such conjecture may be arrogantly expressed, at times, with impunity and other times with a heavy-handed criticism.
Writer Saladin Ahmed saw an illustration on a cereal box and must have felt the need for a little righteous indignation. He made the decision to point outthat one corn pop was actually darker than the others and that he was apparently the only one that was a custodian. Ahmed even went as far as to say that this image would teach children racism.
The problem is Ahmed had no actual evidence (as far as we know) that this small mistake was done with any bigoted motive behind it. One can imagine that he had not checked with the company or did any background research to be sure if Kellogg had any white supremacists working in their marketing or illustration department.
Plus, he made his thoughts public to the company’s twitter account and they responded quicker than even he thought they would. It does not take a genius to figure out how much an allegation of this proportion could land them in hot water and have a major impact on the sales.
Ahmed clearly is showing an example of being oversensitive about this picture and I am glad that I am not the only one to see this.
It is not only unfair to charge a company with being racist before you are sure that it is the case; it is illogical to try to make the case when it is actually plausible that it could easily have been an oversight. Next time Mr. Ahmed should build a case against the company, any company, with actual evidence, then present the evidence with a rock-solid argument to win us over.
If the “facts” are not there and do not fit, then an allegation of racism, you must dismiss! Feeling something as racist does not equate to actual racism. As Ben Shapiro has been known to say: “Facts don’t care about your feelings!”
Originally published on The Daily Nerv – October 27, 2017
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