11/29/2012 06:00:00 AM
Grocery Store Artifact,
THat's surprising - I thought everyone changed to "prairie bread" many years ago.
I've been following your blog for a couple of years at least- Thanks for the good times! I'd point out that expunging terms like Squaw Bread from our language is actually a more hateful and damaging act than retaining them. Let's not err on the side of linguistic cleansing, eh? Nothing is less sexy than groupthink. Keep up the good work!
How about we just expunge archaic, hateful, bigoted and derogatory terms that belittle people and dehumanize them?
Personally, I'd say that expunging any particular word or derivation is largely pointless if that's all that happens. Not that we need masses of derogatory terms in the lingo, but... we have them, making them magically disappear from public text changes very little.In the UK we have fairly stringent anti hate speech laws which are patchily and randomly applied, and as far as I can tell all the racists think "Oh that's just a stupid PC law, everybody still thinks the same as I do!"In my view we'd be better off leaving the linguistics to sort themselves out and tackling people's bad attitudes and weird viewpoints.^_^
Derogatory words and linguistics reinforces bad attitudes and viewpoints. Change the message change the mind.
I like Luke's comment- prairie bread is just as descriptive a name for the bread as the other. And quite possibly just as traditional, though I haven't checked.
Baby steps folks. Admittedly, I'm part Native American and didn't realize that this was a derogatory term. Perhaps some education on the part of the manufacturer is in order?
Squaw bread no more:http://newspaperrock.bluecorncomics.com/2013/02/bakery-to-rename-squaw-bread.html
I have done my part
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