Friday, August 22, 2014

Nigger Limes

Do you know what a kaffir lime is? I didn't until today. I was a better person before I found out what one is. Because after learning about kaffir limes, my hatred for humans only intensified.

Quoting:

Americans love the South Asian and Southeast Asian citrus commonly known as kaffir lime, which has a bumpy peel and fragrant leaves...

Let me interject for a moment - did you know that Americans love kaffir limes? I sure as hell didn't - because (as I previously stated) until today I didn't even know they existed.

...but should everyone have a little more trouble swallowing that name? A social-media campaign picking up steam says yes, tweeting as @KaffirNoMore, with an attached description that reads, bluntly, "Kaffir Lime is like saying Nigger Lime - let's stop & call it Makrut."

"Makrut" is often used in place of kaffir, because that word has a long history of racist connotations.

The anti-Kaffir Twitter group caught the eye of PCC Natural Markets, the giant Seattle co-op, which, the Seattle Times , has now decided to banish the word from store labels, and vows to do the same with any brands that won't change it at the wholesale level, too, saying the plan "isn't remotely complicated: hate speech doesn't belong in the produce department."

Hate speech doesn't belong in the produce department? When are they going to take down the homophobic sign that says "Fruits" and the disabilist sign that says "Vegetables"?

4 comments:

  1. Now I know how to make a very, very, RACIST gin & tonic.

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    1. Very good. And I have found the most racist means of defeating scurvy on transoceanic voyages.

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  2. Does this also mean that the tweety birds will starve this winter when we can no longer buy Niger Thistle Seed?

    http://wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com/the_zen_birdfeeder/2011/01/top-5-things-to-know-about-niger-seed.html

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    1. Those racist bastard birds deserve to starve to death. If they weren't racist, they wouldn't have eaten Niger Thistle Seed in the first place, but would have boycotted the feeder.

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