Earlier this week, The Gap sent out an apology for an ad they ran this season. The ad featured several children in poses, but one with a shorter African-American girl being leaned on by a taller white girl. This set off what I can only assume is a small group of universal watch dogs, ever vigilant to spot a situation where a minority may be getting treated in an insensitive manner. Here, clearly is a visual example of a caucasian girl rising up on the hard work of the down trodden minority. If ever there was a mosaic that painted the inequality of North American Society, surely this would be it.
However, in their hyper-vigilant efforts to fight the good fight, those in this group may have seen more than was really there, as The Gap ran a similar scene the year before only with the races of the two girls reversed. Was this racist too? Could it be that all this time, instead of merely trying to outfit our children in the latest fashions, this clothing company was secretly trying to drive a wedge into race relations? Or is it possible….. just possible…. that this picture just depicts a bunch of kids, standing in pose, showing off their new clothes? Maybe sometimes, an ad is just an ad.