Walking Dead Accused of Selling T-Shirt with ‘Racist’ Undertones

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Even if you don’t watch The Walking Dead, it’s likely you’ve heard about the AMC show this week. On the Season 6 finale, resident bad guy, Negin, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, killed two main characters, Glen and Abraham, with a barbed wire covered baseball bat.

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As you can see, the shirt depicts the baseball bat covered in barbed wire and the phrase, “Eeny meeny miny moe,” which is what Negan said as he picked out his victim in the show’s finale.

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The well-known rhyme has some ambiguous roots, but many agree that it has racist undertones. According to Harvard Ph.D. student, Adrienne Raphel, as told to the Paris Review, “remember that in both England and America, children until recently said, “Catch a n***** by the toe.”    

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“It was fantastically offensive and I can only assume that no-one in the process of ordering it knew what they were doing or were aware of its subliminal messages,” he told The Star. “This image relates directly to the practice of assaulting black people in America,” Luncraft said. “It is directly threatening of a racist assault, and if I were black and were faced by a wearer I would know just where I stood,” he added.  

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While the show likely did not mean for this message to be racist, many felt it was wrong to profit off such a loaded historical topic. What’s your verdict, fans – innocent or racist?

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