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Quvenzhane Wallis starred as Annie in the release of the hit movie ‘Annie’ for the modern generation to enjoy. However, the decision to use a little black girl, seemed to have set off white America. They could not and would not accept that Annie could be black in the movie.

The push back by the white community seemed to have resonated with the Target Corporation. They decided not to use a black Annie, Quvenzhane Wallis, for their in-store advertisements. Instead, they opted for a little white girl to display in little red dress the Annie wore.

white-annieFrom a Change.org petition: Though the model is quite professional, she does not speak to the relevance of the movie or main character. The Red Dress is synonymous to Annie and we are not seeing that in any of your ads. When the original Annie came out, everything was about Aileen Quinn or a character/person that emulated her…why not now Target?

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In the current stench of racism and division amongst Americans, why would Target singlehandedly disrespect Quvenzhané Wallis and add more pain to injury as it relates to race relations?

In the current stench of racism and division amongst Americans, why would Target singlehandedly disrespect Quvenzhané Wallis and add more pain to injury as it relates to race relations?

Despite the pressure from online petitions and social media disgust, Target Corporation is staying the course. They have refused to apologize to Quvenzhane Wallis for removing her or acknowledge any wrong doing in not displaying her on their in-store advertising.

Target says: Girls from a variety of backgrounds were featured within the campaign, reflecting that anyone can embody the spirit and character of Annie.

What do you think? Is Target wrong for removing Quvenzhane or perfectly within their rights?

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