12 Racist Logos You Didn’t Know Were Used by Popular Brands
| Posted by A Moore
Negro – Magic Steel Wool
Arab website Kabobfest.com reports that this steel wool is manufactured by the German company Oscar Weil, which is owned by the German-Jewish Weil family. The Weils were disowned by the Nazis, but the company was returned to the family after WWII. The “Negro – Magic Steel Wool” logo is actually what a Lebanese importing company uses to market and sell the steel wool in the Middle East. This steel wool is apparently the Middle East’s No. 1 seller.
Aunt Jemima is arguably the most well-known and longest-lasting brand that used a racist caricature to market its product. When Charles Rutt and Charles G. Underwood created a self-rising flour in 1889, Rutt called it Aunt Jemima’s recipe after watching a minstrel show that featured a skit with a Southern mammy named Jemima. In 1989, Quaker Oats, which had purchased the Aunt Jemima Mill Co. in 1926, updated Jemima’s image to a modern African-American woman. But the name stayed.
Black Man Cookie
These weird cookies are made in Romania and are sold in Romania, Turkey and Albania. They are called “Black Man” cookies, obviously in reference to Black people. This edible but racist caricature wears a cape, the letter “B” on his chest, features wavy cornrow-looking hair and a large nose and lips. And, of course, the cookie is chocolate.
Uncle Ben’s Rice
The image of an elderly black man has appeared in ads for Uncle Ben’s Rice since 1946. Like Aunt Jemima, the caricature represented a racial stereotype that lingered after slavery. And, just like Aunt Jemima, the Uncle Ben logo has been updated to reflect a more modern Black person. Also in the same vein as the pancake brand, the name remains, carrying on the practice of whites addressing elderly African-Americans as “uncle” and “aunt” because the titles “Mr.” and “Mrs.” were deemed unsuitable for Blacks.
Generations of Americans have grown up eating Chiquita bananas. Some may remember Miss Chiquita, the sexually flamboyant Latin American caricature the banana company used to brand the fruit since 1944.
Miss Chiquita is widely thought to have been inspired byBrazilian actress and singer Carmen Miranda, who appeared in ads for Chiquita bananas. The actress has been accused of promoting the exotic Latina stereotype because she became famous for wearing pieces of fruit on her head and revealing, tropical clothing.
Some critics argue that this stereotype is even more offensive because the women, men and children who worked in banana farms toiled in grueling conditions, often falling gravely ill as a result of pesticide exposure.
Land O’ Lakes Butter
In 1928, officials from Land O’ Lakes welcomed the idea of using a Native-American woman’s image to sell its butter because the company is based in Minnesota — home of Hiawatha and Minnehaha.
H. Mathew Barkhausen III, a writer who is of Cherokee and Tuscarora descent, has criticized the image of the Land O’ Lakes maiden, calling it stereotypical. She wears two braids in her hair, a headdress and an animal skin frock with beaded embroidery. Also, for some, the maiden’s serene countenance erases the suffering indigenous people have experienced in the United States.
“Like the hoary fantasies of ‘Indians’ and ‘Pilgrims’ sharing with quiet reverence the first ‘Thanksgiving,’ the Land O’ Lakes butter maiden helps white Americans sidestep and repress the horrific realities of what white Americ
Cream of Wheat
Nadra Kareem Nittle of About.com writes that when Emery Mapes of the North Dakota Diamond Milling Co. set out in 1893 to find an image to market his breakfast porridge, now called Cream of Wheat, he decided the portrayal of a subservient and uneducated Black chef was the best fit.
In a 1921 advertisement, the grinning chef — who was given the name Rastus — holds up a chalkboard with these words: “Maybe Cream of Wheat aint got no vitamines. I dont know what them things is. If they’s bugs they aint none in Cream of Wheat…”
Rastus represented the black man as a childlike, nonthreatening slave. The purpose was to portray African-Americans as content with a separate but (un)equal existence while making white Southerners of the time feel nostalgic about the slavery era. Though there are petitionscalling for its removal the caricature still remains on the promotional packaging for Cream of Wheat today.
Conguitos are the Spanish version of M&Ms – a chocolate-covered peanut snack. Notice how the name bears a resemblance to the name Congo, which may hint at where the inspiration for the sweets came from. Even if this is not true, the character on the front of the packet speaks for itself.
Fazer Licorice Sticks
For 80 years, Fazer licorice sticks have been wrapped in paper adorned with a “blackface” caricature that many Finnish citizens deemed as ”familiar and positive mental images,” according to the company. Pressure from the EU, Finnish Consumer Agency and Ombudsman, media and others have forced Fazer to change its “racist” mascot. In 2007, Fazer announced that it will phase out the use of the caricature in an effort to have more international appeal.
Most people do not know that a slow-moving and largely unpublicized battle in North America’s northland has quietly raged on against the use of the word “Eskimo” to describe people with Inuit heritage. Therefore, the ice cream treat that uses the derogatory term for the North American tribe became the subject of controversy in 2009 when a Canadian Inuit woman said the product name insulted her heritage. However, the bad publicity has failed to persuade manufacturer Cadbury Pascall to consider a new name.
Many Black people refuse to eat watermelon in public because of the racist stereotype, with roots embedded in slavery, that suggests they have undying love for the fruit. However, this didn’t stop the Miami-based Cawy Bottling Co. from marketing its watermelon soda with a mascot that depicts an image of a Black girl with ponytails eating watermelon on one side and an image of a white boy on the other. In 2009, Target pulled the beverage from its shelves after coming under fire for selling the watermelon soda with the controversial images.
A toothpaste known as “Darkie,” featuring a smiling blackface performer as its logo, was sold for years in various parts of Asia. It was originally manufactured in Shanghai by the Hawley & Hazel Chemical Co. before being bought by the Colgate-Palmolive Co. After pressure from shareholders, religious groups and Black people, Colgate-Palmolive renamed Darkie and redesigned its logo.
Changing the name from Darkie to Darlie didn’t seem to be much of a drastic change; for, while the logo did change to a smiling man of ambiguous racial background in a top hat, in Chinese, the world “darlie” means “black person,” according to Wikipedia.
The product, despite its infamous history, is still sold widely across Asia today, expan
"Freelance journalist" and Manchester United fan Craig Sainsbury replies to Mario Balotelli with racist comments, later on "apologizing" because he couldn’t "control his emotions". Deleted his account a few minutes after that.
I think this is repugnant and so so appalling. No matter which club you support, I think we can all agree that this is wrong.
DIS SUM BULLSHIT
kill this white heifer devil and the scumbag who even made the shirt
oh hell naw
I swear IM NOT TRYNA HEAR ITS ART.
this is exactly why you people cannot be trusted
I’ve never wanted to choke someone so badly
white people need a 3rd plague
It took me a minute, so correct me if I’m wrong.. Is that a slave ship on her dress?
yes. yes it is^
Why is a white woman wearing a slave ship dress? No one thought this was a terrible idea? What the hell about this is supposed to be helpful?
9/17/14 - Zoe Kravitz + Chris Pine leaving the Coldplay Concert in LA.
Lookin’ like her mama. Get you a Chris, girl. I ain’t mad.
These facial expressions…she’s got that Lisa Bonet resting “I’m too fly to give a fuck” face & he’s a half sec away from Kirking out about whoever is looking at her wrong.
Alabama Governor Bentley Blames 8-Year-Old African-American’s Disappearance & Death On Parents, Community Condemns Him, Bentley Offers Fake Apology For Racist Remarks [TW: Racism, Ethnocentrism, White Privilege]
UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Gov. Bentley has offered an explanation; see end of post.
Hiawayi Robinson, of Pritchard, Alabama, a small city on the north side of Mobile, was looking forward to turning nine years old next week. On Tuesday, Hiawayi had talked to her father on the phone about what she wanted for her birthday (a laptop computer) and told him that she was going downstairs to see if her cousin was home. She never came back.
Her parents reported her missing that evening. Her grandmother, Brenda Populus, was heartbroken.
“I’ll do anything to get my grandbaby back,” she said. “Her birthday was on the 24th, in one week.” Populus couldn’t believe that Hiawayi could disappear so suddenly. “She went right down the steps — she didn’t have to cross the street or anything, just a little courtyard.”
Thursday, after a search coordinated by local police and the FBI, as well as volunteers from the community, Hiawayi’s body was found behind an abandoned building. Police areinvestigating her death as a homicide, in conjunction with the FBI; no cause of death or possible suspects have been announced.
When reporters asked Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to comment on the news that Hiawayi’s body had been found, these were the words of comfort and support he had for Hiawayi’s family:*
“There are things that happen we just don’t understand. There are difficulties in families. We don’t know, maybe drug related. Maybe alcohol related. Maybe family problems. We just don’t know what the situation is.”
Bentley added he needs to do everything he can to make families more sound.
What a peach. A child goes missing, her family is frantic and organizing a search for her, and the governor’s first thought when her body is found is to shake his head and pontificate on the sad, sad state of the Black Family In America Today. And let’s keep in mind that absolutely no one in law enforcement has said anything to suggest that Haiwayi’s family had anything to do with her abduction and killing. Needless to say, people in Alabama are Not Happy.
Gov. Bentley has not yet replied to press queries about his comments Thursday (see update below), but on Friday, he abruptly offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect and has issued a written statement saying something rather different from his earlier comments about the sad family with its possible drug and alcohol problems:
“Dianne and I were heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of this innocent child. We have been praying and following the situation closely, and our prayers for comfort are with Hiawayi’s family.
“We won’t rest until this little girl’s killer is brought to justice. Alabama’s state law enforcement agencies have been actively assisting the Prichard Police Department in the investigation into the death of Hiawayi Robinson. I directed the Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Spencer Collier, to go to Prichard and offer any resources needed. As soon as Hiawayi was reported missing, we sent 10 State Bureau of Investigation agents to Prichard, and our Trooper Aviation Unit also assisted in helping to find Hiawayi. Those agents will remain in Prichard until a suspect has been arrested. Furthermore, I’ve directed an increased presence of state troopers in Prichard until the person who committed this terrible act has been found.”
Huh. You might almost think that was written by a completely different person from the one who moralized about the sad, impossible-to-understand family dynamics that no doubt killed the little black girl.
And yes, we are bloody well playing the race card. Anyone who thinks Gov. Bentley or any politician would say the same thing if an 8-year-old white girl went missing and was found murdered is a fool. Don’t worry, we’re already taking bets on which Fox News anchor will insist that Bentley’s comments had nothing to do with race.
A GoFundMe site for Haiwayi’s family is available here.
UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Gov. Bentley offered an explanation of the videotaped comments to Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly:
Jennifer Ardis, the governor’s spokeswoman, told Lagniappe that Bentley was first asked about domestic violence, one of his wife’s primary platforms, before he was asked for his reaction to the girl’s death.
“He was talking about domestic violence prior to the question,” Ardis said.
She indicated the governor was still on the topic of domestic violence when he was asked about Hiawayi and there was some confusion when switching topics, adding some of his statements were taken out of context.
WPMI, which originally posted and removed the now-removed video, has posted another clipof the full interview. it does show Bentley answering a question about domestic violence at about the three-minute mark, and he’s actually the person who first brings up the death of Hiawayi Robinson:
Reporter: You touched on domestic abuse in your speech. Hot topic right now, what are your inputs?
Bentley: Well, you know, families have some difficult problems, and it’s a tragedy, you know, I just heard about the little nine-year-old that was killed, and things like that just break your heart when you hear of things like this. But you know there is a lot of domestic violence that goes on in families and we’ve been seeing a lot of this in the news right now…”
Bentley then talks more about domestic violence and his wife’s involvement in programs aimed at helping with the problem, and fields a question about whether Federal judge Mark Fuller should resign after being accused of battering his wife (probably yes, but Bentley doesn’t have all the facts). After Dianne Bentley briefly talks about how serious a problem domestic violence is, the governor offers the domestic violence hotline, and a reporter returns to the death of Hiawayi Robinson:
Reporter: One more question, and you touched upon the 8-year-old in Pritchard: What message will you send to people grieving right now in the area?
Bentley: There are things that happen we just don’t understand. There are difficulties in families. We don’t know if it’s — you never know — maybe drug related. Maybe alcohol related. Maybe family problems. We just don’t know what the situation is. Only thing that we can say is we need to do everything we can to make families more sound…
We can’t say we really buy Ms. Ardis’s explanation — the governor brought up “the little nine-year-old that was killed” himself when asked a question about domestic violence, and then when asked specifically to speak to people who are grieving her death, he went with the line of bullshit about drugs and alcohol, not “pray for this grieving family in their hour of need” or any of the nice things he said in the statement today. We’re pretty sure that’s not a problem of confusion or context, except in Gov. Bentley’s mind. Nice try, governor’s office, but you look no better.
*WPMI, the TV station that posted the video of Bentley’s comments, has now removed it from the website without explanation. News director Bob Noonan has not yet responded to Wonkette’s request for comment as to why the video was removed.
Rihanna at Altuzarra Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week
everything. she is Everything.
I just want to point out she’s at a fashion show looking like she stopped by on her way to put it on someone. Like “Oh I was going to surprise my boo at work, but lemme see what’s good here”. Also, her moisturizer game is beyond on point.
This halloween please say no to these costumes please just say no they are fucking insulting and Dia de los Muertos is NOT HALLOWEEN I REPEAT NOT HALLOWEEN THIS IS NOT A COSTUME PLEASE STOP TREATING IT LIKE ONE
TO ALL THE PEOPLE GETTING FUCKED OFF AT MY POST. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I MADE IT. FOR YOUR PINCHE GUERO PENDEJX ASSES. “WE DO IT OUT OF RESPECT,” MY ASS.
this is capitalism ripping through my memories i hold so sacred. Memories of walking through the streets of Chapala after school with my grandmother, and the smell of plants for the preparation of the big event. Memories of memories of memories
This is capitalism and white supremacy destroying, erasing and making new… something that has connected me with my elderes and ancestors,
This is whiteness telling me my body, our gente is unwanted, dehumanized and conditioned to death but at the same time extracting a part of my identity and wearing it as a mask.
This is a mask made of our dead and torn bodies… this is literally a mask made out of ripped bloody flesh. The flesh of migrants who die every year trying to cross.. the flesh of people who become criminalized and confined behind bars. The bloody flesh of torn bodies from years of exploitation in sweat shops, fruit and vegetable fields, dish washers.. domestic workers…
this is our flesh ripped out cleaned, pampered and styled to fit a white face.
Interviewer: Did you do a lot of your own stunts?
Anthony Mackie: I did a bunch of the stuff leading up to the stunts. I tried to do one stunt and I ran into a parked car, face-first.
Interviewer: The directors were telling me— I asked if there were any close calls and that was the one situation they brought up!
AM: [Laughs] No, but they tricked me. First of all, no one— if I tell you to fly, you’re not going to know how to fly ‘cause as humans, we don’t fly. So they tell me they’re going to raise me up ten feet and let me go. I swing in, land on my feet, and walk and talk…. so they pulled me up ten feet and said ‘how do you feel?’ and I said ‘I feel good!’ But I keep going up! They pull me up forty feet off the ground and I’m like ‘THIS DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT!’ [Laughs] And they let me go. And I’m coming down at like….mach 2, right? And I look at Chris [Evans]’s face and he goes… “You’re going to die.””
-Anthony Mackie, interview with Access Hollywood
Guys, watch this WHOLE THING. He’s fucking hilarious.
Second the rec for the video, Mackie’s retelling of this story is fucking GOLD
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PUNCHED IN THE FACE BY A VAN
Fuckboy is aave.
Fuckboy. noun. a disrespectful no good man.
people say it sounds close to c*ntboy. which is a transphobic slur. Fuckboy is not, and it does not mean the same thing at all.
fuckboy has nothing to do with genitalia.
ALL YOU WHITE TRANS MEN NEED TO STOP BEING FUCKBOYS AND TALKING OVER BLACK FOLK.
please get this more notes than the post with the wrong info.