Posts Tagged ‘Social Justice Ink’

Buy Sneakers for Yourself, Shoes for Others

February 5, 2011
What It Boils Down to Is Respect kedsshoe
What It Boils Down to Is Respect
For each sneaker bought, $2 will be donated to Soles4Souls. http://www.zazzle.com/freedom_equality_justice_keds_shoe_shoes-167742947673125409?gl=socialjusticeink&extralace=none&rf=238129605449077747 

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On Sensitivity and Censorship

February 22, 2009

Perhaps we’re too sensitive. Or, we’re not sensitive enough. Likely your perspective on the nation’s collective sensitivity level has influenced your opinion about the now infamous New York Post chimp cartoon. That is, if you have an opinion on it.

On one hand we have the historical references to Blacks (and let’s not forget the Irish) as monkeys or apes. We also have a history of racial profiling and incidents of White policemen shooting and killing Black suspects. New York City, in particular, has had its share of alleged police misconduct involving largely White policemen and Black residents (who have often been guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong area at the wrong time).

On the other hand, we’ve historically used images of monkeys and chimps doing human tasks as satire to imply that any idiot could accomplish those tasks. (Geico put another spin on this with their ads involving cavemen, one step up on the primate chain.) We’ve often referred to members of Congress as idiots (not to mention a certain former President). Also, in the New York metro area (in CT) days before the Post cartoon, police shot a chimp dead. Perhaps the artist only intended to refer to idiot politicians and a dead chimp.

Perhaps. Perhaps he only intended to offend Democrats or liberals or Congressmen and women responsible for the bill, along with the President. Instead of boycotts how about simple conversation?

Our problem is that we like to shoot first and ask questions later. Just like those cops in the cartoon.
What a perfect opportunity to actually talk about this in a civil manner. (By the way, wouldn’t it have been
funny if the guy was actually using racist symbolism to parody racists?) This was an opportunity to discuss
the impact that the cartoon had on people who have been, or whose ancestors have been, referred to as
inferior–as apes or monkeys because of their racial or ethnic background. And let’s not ignore the cartoon’s impact on others who have never been targeted with these racial stereotypes, but are aware of this history.
This was also an opportunity to discuss the artist’s intentions. Perhaps we all would have come away more enlightened. Education should always
be preferable to censorship.

SJI

Donate to Social Justice Organizations

February 18, 2009

At Social Justice Ink, we believe in the importance of spreading the message of social justice. 10% of proceeds from the purchase of the first 100 of these buttons and / or magnets will go to a social justice organization.

Racism Sux Square Button button
Racism Sux Square Button by socialjusticeink
Racism Sux Keychain keychain
Racism Sux Keychain by socialjusticeink

10% of proceeds from the first 100 of these buttons, magnets, or keychains (any combination, any style) will go to a social justice organization fighting to end racism.

Homophobia Sux Square Button button
Homophobia Sux Square Button by socialjusticeink
Homophobia Sux Square Magnet magnet
Homophobia Sux Square Magnet by socialjusticeink
Homophobia Sux Keychain keychain
Homophobia Sux Keychain by socialjusticeink

10% of the first 100 of these buttons, magnets, or keychains (any style and combination) will go to a social justice organization fighting for GLBT rights.

sexism sux Round Magnet magnet
sexism sux Round Magnet by socialjusticeink
sexism sux Button button
sexism sux Button by socialjusticeink
sexism sux Keychain keychain
sexism sux Keychain by socialjusticeink

10% of the first 100 of these buttons, magnets, or keychains (any style and combination) will go to a social justice organization fighting to end sexism.

We Are Social Justice Ink

February 9, 2009

Hey, welcome. We are SocialJusticeInk.We think the world’s f’d up and want to do our part to make it better. So we decided to write about stuff that got our attention. And make stuff and sell it to raise awareness and money for good causes. We don’t know where we’ll go with all this. We started with an online store. We have regular jobs but work on this when we can.

We’re a couple of individuals who are committed to social justice. We don’t fit the stereotype of a bunch of p.c. people who live in some fantasy world, though. We see injustice every day in a variety of forms and work to do something about it. Don’t worry, we don’t try to hit people over the head with our message, we just try to teach and learn. Our name refers to our products: we create social justice merchandise (t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, magnets) with ink to spread awareness and make a positive difference. One day we hope to have our own tat business and continue to spread the message of injustice on shirts and skin.