Zara says it is very, very sorry for selling the children’s T-shirt you see up above, which looks awfully similar to the uniforms Jews wore in Nazi concentration camps. The gold star says “Sheriff,” because the tee was apparently meant to invoke old westerns. (Were Texas law men ever into blue sailor stripes?) Anyway, here are some Jews dressed up at Buchenwald, as a frame of reference. Their stars have a big N on them, which stands for Niederländer.
Suffice to say, Twitter was outraged, and Zara is pulling the garment.
This seems like a tidy demonstration of why diversity is useful in the workplace. I’m just spitballing here, but it feels pretty unlikely that any Jews got a look at this shirt before it went into production. Had they, maybe one of them would have said: “Hey, this looks like something that might trigger my grandmother’s PTSD."
TODAY IN SLATE
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How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
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Welcome to 13th Grade!
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The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.