Did you see the new fried chicken finger product that bears President Obama’s surname?A German company claims that they had no clue that naming a fried chicken product after a black president would be offensive to people. You see, they didn’t know that the “Obama Fingers” would be seen as a racial dig!
I have a really,really hard time believing that these folks did not know that this is racist! Here in America,we wouldn’t dare sell these “Obama Fingers”! More on this from The Guardian Uk:
A company in German has just introduced a line of snacks called “Obama Fingers”: frozen chicken fingers with curry dip. To Americans, marketing a fried chicken dish with the name of our first African-American president instantly tingles our sensitivity to racial stereotyping and racist imagery.
According to the archaic stereotype, fried chicken is a preferred food choice of African Americans. But Americans know it’s just that — a stereotype — and that blacks here eat every kind of food whites do and everyone loves fried chicken.
No American company would ever market a product like this for fear of being accused of mocking the nation’s first black president by associating him with an ugly stereotype. The fried chicken association is ugly to me because it brings back foul racial stereotypes from our nation’s past that I won’t repeat in this space.
“It was supposed to be a homage to the American lifestyle and the new US president,” Judith Witting, sales manager for the company, told the paper.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
That’s a hell of a way to pay homage to President Obama & the American lifestyle!!