Online store CafePress continues to sell offensive anti-Mexican merchandise
I am livid! Earlier today I found out about these horrible products and apparel bearing offensive remarks sold at one of the biggests online stores in the world called CafePress under categories like Anti-Mexican Gifts and Anti-Mexico Gifts. After much criticism from several Latino bloggers, the company took down the pages where those products were displayed for sale.
But while the pages themselves have been removed, a lot of the products are still available. All you have to do is a quick search using words like Mexican, Mexico, illegal, immigrant and you'll see a lot of the merchandise is still there. The products include bumper stickers, hoodies, t-shirts and coffee mugs with messages like "Don't let America become a third world country. SAY NO TO MEXICO", "My Mexican works for le$$ than your Mexican" and even "F*ck Mexico".
This is obviously a free country and anybody can say what they want, as long as there's no defamation involved. Plus, the truth is that nobody's forcing us to go to the online store and purchase these products. The issue here; however, is that CafePress has posted a set of guidelines regarding prohibited content and it includes: "Obscene and vulgar comments and offensive remarks that harass, threaten, defame or abuse others such as F*** (Ethnic Group)", among others that I think would apply in this case.
Seems to me like CafePress, which allows users from all over the world to upload merchandise designs into its marketplace, is not doing a very good job of policing what's going up. Clearly, some of the merchandise described here violates their own guidelines for prohibited content.
By the way, this is not the first time that the online store has been slammed for selling merchandise that could be considered racist or offensive. Last October it removed a line of t-shirts that promoted "illegal immigrant hunting."
What do you think about these products?