H&M Criticized For Racially Insensitive Ad Featuring A Black Child Wearing A ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’ Hoodie

Melody Gulliver News

Multi-national clothing company, H&M has faced immense criticism and backlash for a racially insensitive online advertisement which features a Black child wearing a green ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’ hoodie. H&M’s marketing mishap is particularly disturbing considering the long and horrific history of the racial slur. Since the 1800s, white individuals have augmented racial hierarchies by comparing Black individuals to …

Recy Taylor, Rape Survivor and Civil Rights Activist, Dies Days Before 98th Birthday

Melody Gulliver Black History, Culture

Recy Taylor, daughter of Alabama sharecroppers, passed away ten days before her 98th birthday in her Abbeville nursing home. Taylor had become a prominent civil and women’s rights activist after surviving a traumatic rape during the Jim Crow era. In 1944, 24-year old Recy Taylor was brutally raped by six white men while walking home from church in Alabama. With …

Black Lives Matter Activist, Erica Garner, Dies At 27

Melody Gulliver News

Erica Garner, 27, passed away on December 30th following a medically induced coma. Garner, mother and activist, had become a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter Movement after her father, Eric Garner, was killed by New York Police Officers, Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico. Eric Garner’s 2014 death incited numerous protests after a witness uploaded footage of Pantaleo and …

Voting For Inclusivity: The Ongoing Fight For Black Education

Melody Gulliver Archive

Photo via Flickr The Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts that every citizen has the right to primary and secondary level education, regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality. Although higher education is not funded by the federal government, the government is responsible for creating policy framework and administering appropriate oversight. Therefore, university and college admission should be determined by merit, …

California Legislators Fight Racial Discrimination in the Workforce and Unequal Pay

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Ann Fisher via Flickr California democrats plan to enforce a law requiring businesses to provide equal wages for employees regardless of race. After implementing the California Equal Pay Act in early January, which mitigated the issue of gender wage inequality, politicians are working to push businesses even further by producing a labor policy that also includes racial equality. …

KKK Plans to Demonstrate Faces Criticism From Local Mayor

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr After around 20 members of the Klu Klux Klan, a historically terroristic White supremacist group, planned to organize a rally on Saturday morning local officials and members of the community rebuked the demonstration of “hate and anger.” The group informed the police that their event would be held at Pearson Park in Anaheim, CA, …

Let the Racial Progress Rise

Briana Tracy Archive

Photo by Zach Frailey via Flickr In honor of this past Martin Luther King Jr holiday, Huffington Post released a study revealing which states have made racial progress since his “I Have A Dream Speech.” Specifically, the study measures racial integration and racial progress through homeownership, median income, and poverty rates for both blacks and whites.   Racial integration is …