I just want to say this. Advertising, media in general really, has been used as a weapon against the minds of the unassuming public.
There is nothing created in the media that doesn’t have an alternate purpose underneath what they are selling.
Do the beer commercials sell beer?
They sell Friendship, and Leisure.
Do car companies sell cars?
They sell status and the opportunity to bang beautiful women.
All media does it feed us messages about what are
supposed to feel and the things we are supposed to want.
Take it that seriously…
There is no bigger magician than the media.
So here is my interpretation of H&M’s “oversight”.
This is a poem I wrote explaining the piece.
“When We Were Kings”
Written by Salkis Re
My mother said that if we went there,
we would make a lot of money.
She said I shouldn’t be upset
cause we’ll get paid
if she allows them to call me a Monkey.
I wasn’t sure,
but what could I do?
Since mom insisted the shirt was just fine.
So I sucked in my pride
and did what they said
so that I could finish in time.
But I was a little down, and to cheer me up,
my mother took me for ice cream.
And when we got home,
she talked on the phone
about how she’s so proud of me.
But I was a little hurt
that I had to wear that shirt,
when the white boy was
the “Expert” on the scene.
I went and watched T.V.
to distract myself
from of all my unsettling gnaws.
And then I saw him, right there on T.V, ,
I was excited by how confident he was.
And everywhere he went
Ali had them compelled to chant
about how great of a man he actually was.
He talked to the kids
that looked just like me
and told them how they could be so much more.
And this was right on time
cause I need the hear
that I could be more than how they made me feel
and that black boys from everywhere should know
that we are sons that come from KINGS!
“Mistress of Words”
~ Salkis Re
Art by Salkis Re
Painting: When We Were Kings”
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