Friday, January 8, 2010

Kentucky Fried Racism

What do you do when you're in an "awkward situation" - meaning within close proximity to black people? Feed them fried chicken.
"too easy."

That was the "Cricket Survival Guide" KFC ad from Australia. Now check out this Kyochon ad for Korean fried chicken:

You gotta admire fried chicken manufacturers' willingness to capitalize on racism. They don't just stop at the fried chicken stereotype. You know somebody in their marketing department was like, "so we've got the black people and fried chicken thing already, what else can we do with this?" Let's see, there's: exploiting white and asian people's fear of black people, trying to get black folks to act "civilized," tribalism and drum beats, cannibalism, plus a little asian magic up in the mix. Perfect capitalist equation.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Santa's little helper, "Black Pete"

Did you know that in the Netherlands Santa [aka Sinterklaas] has a little helper named Zwarte Piet [Black Pete]?

Yeah, me niether.
Apparently, to this day the Dutch employ a white guy (or lady) to dress in blackface, don an afro wig, gold jewelry, red lipstick and a broken accent and pal around with St. Nick wherever he goes.
Here's a little history, thanks to Wikipedia:

According to myths dating to the beginning of the 19th century, Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) operated by himself or in the companionship of a devil. Having triumphed over evil, it was said that on Saint Nicholas Eve, the devil was shackled and made his slave...According to the more modern Saint Nicholas legend, Zwarte Piet is a servant who accompanies Saint Nicholas on his holiday travels. In some versions, it is alleged that Saint Nicholas once liberated a young slave named Peter, who decided to serve Nicholas (as a free servant) rather than enjoy liberty alone.
Yeah, right.
And if you're going to create blackface caricatures, the next logical step is baked goods versions:

source: cakewrecks
Watch out, little white kids. If you're bad Zwarte Piet will kidnap you, through you in a dufflebag and take you away to Spain, where apparently he and Santa chill on the off-season.

Unless, of course, you're disguised...

thanks to: Sociological Images

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Racial Harmony for Black History Month

Prince Paul, the man behind many of your favorite hip hop sounds, seminal acts and producer of the new Heiroglyphics album has done it again. Paul's strength has always been creating wild theatrics, conceptual albums and gut busting self-depricating comedy. This time, it's interactive and thoughtfully recession friendly. This party might get him a nomination for LightWeight anti-Racist of the year.

If you're in New York February 12th, grab a friend and save some scratch!

Big up Cutsoversy for putting me up on awesome.