Good Old Fashioned Family Racism

Penguin Group Australia was left with a little egg on it's face this month, all thanks to a cookbook. The publishers proofreaders missed a typo in the Pasta Bible's recipe for Spelt Tagliatelle With Sardines And Prosciutto. Due to this mistake 7,000 copies of the recipe book are having to be reprinted at an estimated cost of twenty thousand Australian dollars. The offending recipe had a line that mentioned "salt and freshly ground black pepper" which the typo rewrote as "salt and freshly ground black people", ruining several dinner parties.

One has to wonder if the proofreader deliberately let this slip through then bought as many copies as possible. A mistake like that was so offensive that it couldn't possibly be kept in and the book would be recalled and reprinted. Anyone who actually owns a copy of the Pasta Bible with the faulty recipe should hold on to it as I'm sure it'll be worth something some day. If not, you can always terrify your children with the things you used to eat when you were younger.

I was trying to find a particlar image to go with this post when I ran across some old fashioned adverts from a time when "freshly ground black people" wouldn't have surprised anyone reading the book (although the concept of pasta would probably have terrified them). It was a simpler time, genteel in some ways, bloody awful in others.


54 thoughts on “Good Old Fashioned Family Racism

  1. that second one is one hundred percent old South Africa! :lol:.(yes, we are allowed to laugh, it's in the constitution :left:)

  2. 'Darky' is a racist term for blacks that is still used today and 'pikanin' is a Zulu word for a small child! :whistle:.

  3. Sure! After the War they migrated North to Chicago, New York, Detroit… :eyes: Oh! You meant worldwide! Well, the ones with a poor sense of direction could have intentionally went North, I suppose… :whistle:

  4. πŸ˜€ Yes, they are everywhere. Color wise eskimos/inuits are dark. Their skin didn't lighten even though they lived in the north because their vitamin D rich sea food. That's what the articles say.

  5. But do we refer to any dark people as black? Nope.Black is a race with many a tribe. Just ask Aadil as he was raised by Zulus. :whistle:

  6. Well, I believe in every citizens right to wear his skin in that colour that fits most to his or her outfit πŸ™‚

  7. True enough. Where would you draw the line? A friend of mine irl is of Negro/Hispanic decent. He says,"Every one talks of 'black people this', and 'black people that'. Who are all these 'black' people? I'm not 'black', I'm 'chestnut brown' ". πŸ˜†

  8. πŸ˜† Michael took it a little too far with being colour co-ordinated. :insane: must've used that soap :sherlock:

  9. It's a fact that some people really do want to control or choose their skin color. It's just that there's no simple and safe way to do it, so only a few of them try. There are even forums on the net where people share the methods they use.

  10. But … the kid got all the seeds out of the watermelon, yes? I don't wanna have to stuff around with seeds … ! :eyes:On a related note, American civil rights activist, Petey Greene (who died in 1984) had a few words to say about the stereotype of black people in America and watermelons (6 minutes and 2 seconds). I believe he was talking about not allowing a stereotype to intefere with your enjoyment of life (i.e., don't be ashamed of who you are just because of what someone else might think).Quite an interesting bloke, actually. From the Wikipedia article:

    Aside from being a radio personality and talk show host, Greene was also a community activist, joining the United Planning Organization and founding The Ralph Waldo Greene Community Center and Efforts for Ex-Convicts, an organization devoted to helping former prisoners succeed in legitimate ways and to advocate prison reform. He rallied against poverty and racism on his shows and on the streets, participating in demonstrations during the height of his popularity, such as speaking at Georgetown University in 1968 about his opposition to the Vietnam War.

  11. Good find!I had no idea people hadn't heard of the stereotype (black people in America/fried chicken, watermelon, etc). Then again, I hadn't heard of the one on the page you mention, Kiran, about Canadians 'all speaking French and living in igloos'.Of course, like all stereotypes, it's based on generalisation, and we all know how accurate generalizations are … πŸ™„

  12. Yes … in my head, I hear everything Mik writes in Hugh Grant's voice, interspersed with the occasional "I'm terribly sorry" and "Oh, I do beg your pardon". πŸ˜‰

  13. Yeah, and all English girls sound like either the Queen or Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, according to stereotypes.

  14. I fear that I was infected with some stereotypes about the British while in holidays on Mallorca. They have a little bit to much viking-genes, forcing them to drink a lot, undress, sing and brawl and have some big and ugly tattoos or at least a Union Jack or the scottish flas tattooed.

  15. Loud girl who dresses in football shirts, chav clothes, drinks beer and lager by the bucketful, behaves like a drunk twat man and flashes herself at people.

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