Target Corporation Stop Selling Racist Merchandise! sign now

This is a petition to hold Target Corporation accountable for the merchandise it sells to consumers across the United States of America.

In late August of 2002, my wife and I were shopping at the Target Waterfront Store in Homestead, Pennsylvania. My wife was looking through the clothing department and found a shirt produced by the vendor Mossimo and sold by Target with the following text:

China Bowl
Imperial Bowling and Dim Sum Establishment
Lucky Balls Strike Hard
With a Strike you Get an Eggroll

There was a stereotypical Chinaman bowling on the shirt. Both my wife and I were really disturbed by this shirt considering the fact that the shirt was blatantly exploiting Asian racial stereotypes in a demeaning manner. Can you imagine if Target and Mossimo had marketed a shirt with a Hasidic Jew bowling on it and writing that said, With a Strike you Get a Bagel or an African-American bowling and a statement like, With a Strike you Get Some Watermelon? The quick answer is that you would not see shirts like that because it would be disgusting and offensive to the people caricatured on the shirt. It is unacceptable for Target to be carrying this merchandise that demeans Asians and furthermore, to be profiting from the perpetuation of racism through its marketing of racial stereotypes.

I contacted Target Corporations Guest Relations via email and they informed me in an email response on September 5th, 2002 that they had instructed their buying offices to take the shirts off the rack and destroy them. On September 12 I walked into a Target Store in North Fayette, Pennsylvania and lo and behold, there was a full rack of shirts there being sold. I thought maybe they did not have enough time to contact their stores. Today, on September 24th, I called a Target Greatland Store located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and the store was still carrying the shirts. Target Corporation is not acting in good faith and does not seem to be taking the concerns of consumers seriously. This is unbelievable, considering the fact that the retailer Abercrombie and Fitch was recently in the news for selling similarly anti-Asian t-shirts and the company eventually recalled the racist merchandise. The fact that Target is headquartered in Minnesota, a state with a substantial Asian population and marketing such garbage is especially mind-blowing.

This is not the first time that Target Corporation has been accused of peddling racist merchandise. The Southern Poverty Law Centers Tolerance.org project noted that Target Corporation was selling white supremacist clothing (http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_hate.jsp?id=603). Although Target Corporation eventually pulled the clothing line, it seems that the same lack of consideration was pervasive in how Target dealt with the initial complaint (http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_hate.jsp?id=604).

This petition asks that Target Corporation and the leadership of Target, namely CEO of Target Corporation, Robert J. Ulrich and President of Target Stores Gregg W. Steinhafel, ensure that Target Corporation do the following:

1) Not market racist merchandise or perpetuate racism through the merchandise they sell.
2) Be held accountable for actions they say they will do in response to complaints. If Target Corporation states they will remove racist clothing from the shelves, they should abide by their own statements.
3) Train and educate staff members within the buying departments and merchandising departments to not facilitate racism by purchasing racist clothing to be sold in Target stores.
4) Abide by Target Corporations own corporate policies on diversity.

By signing this petition you are stating that you support the following:

1) Holding Target Corporation accountable for its sale of racist merchandise.
2) Removal of racist merchandise off Target shelves permanently.
3) Encouraging Target Corporation to train and educate its buyers and staff so that Target Corporation does not promote or encourage racism through its merchandise.

Thank you for your support of this campaign, and please pass the word along.

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  • 16 February 20161000. Thanh N
    to Target Corporation Please stop making $$$ from Racist products!!
  • 16 February 2016999. Linh T
    to Target Corporation Did you run out of ideas?
  • 08 February 2016998. Jessica N
    I support this petition
  • 04 February 2016997. Cling Clangpoww
    to Target Corporation WAY TO GO TARGET!!! YOU'VE PISSED OF THE CHINESE!!! WE'RE DOOMED!! THEY OUTNUMBER US AMERICANS 4 BILLION TO 1!!! OH SHIT!!! ....I MEAN, BAD IDEA, I SIGN PETITION
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  • 22 January 2016995. Asha L
    to Target Corporation Please stand by your word and remove racist t-shirts from your clothing line
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  • 31 December 2015992. Jewon L
    to Target Corporation That's just not right.
  • 24 December 2015991. Crystal S
    to Target Corporation that's just......WRONG!!
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    to Target Corporation READ.... http://www.whatreallyhappened.com
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    to Target Corporation We expect more from Target
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    to Target Corporation stop selling
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  • 15 October 2015978. Karen L
    to Target Corporation This is not the first blatantly racist item you have carried. You have also carried the TechDeck Crew 3 series with Fu Man Finger and Sumo San. When I complained to the manager they professed they had never seen these items before an
  • 27 September 2015977. Sharon T
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  • 23 September 2015976. Michelle M
    to Target Corporation Who do you think this impresses? I am an American 50% Italian, 25% German, 12.5%Scottish, and 12.5%English. I have no trace of Asian descent at all and find absolutely no entertainment or humor in this T-shirt. I find it very offensi
  • 14 September 2015975. Stephanie L
    to Target Corporation This is blatant racism and absolutely reprehensible!! This should and will not be tolerated!!
  • 14 September 2015974. Matsu Morgan
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Target Corporation and CEO Robert J. Ulrich

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