After a recent post on Twitter went viral, people can’t stop talking about a certain cheese brand as they call for it to change their offensive name.
Keep scrolling to find out what it is…
Because normal wasn’t working. We need to make changes now.
Since the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we’ve never seen before.
But George’s death has sparked an outrage like never before.
And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.
For instance, a group of people painted large yellow letters saying “Black Lives Matter” down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C – a two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
And people are continuing to demand justice.
Just last week, across the pond in the UK, a video went viral of protesters tearing down a statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston and tossing it into a nearby river.
Colston was Conservative MP for Bristol following his tenure as deputy governor of the Royal African Company.
He is thought to have trafficked as many as 84,000 African men, women, and children, with an estimated 19,000 dying on their journey to the Caribbean and America.
The statue was ninety-three years old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.
His transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.
It didn’t take long for the protesters to completely dislodge the statue…
And this is when things turned ugly.
And protesters then dumped it in Richmond’s Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.
And people spoke out against Columbus and what he stood for in history.
One very famous cheese brand has recently been caught in the spotlight after people have called for it to change its offensive name.
But the reasons for the brand’s name did not start with racist intentions as it was kept in homage of the creator who was a man from Philadelphia who discovered that raising humidity levels will enable cheeses to be more flavourful while avoiding “rind rot” which often spoiled cheeses over time.
The brand, named “Coon”, has been thrust into the spotlight after its name lines up with a slur used to degrade Aboriginal people. The historical roots of the word are negative but others have argued that it was named after a man as opposed to those roots.
Responses flooded in as the post went viral in a matter of days.
Lots of Aboriginal people commented at how the word is used to taunt them and make their lives hell.
I mean words change and evolve, so brands should too.
They were called out for their poor defense.
If it is offending a large group of people because of the negative connotations associated with the word, then why shouldn’t a positive change be implemented?
So pick a less offensive one. Done and dusted.
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