Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Racism for Breakfast

Of all the prejudices about Inuit people, the notion that somehow their food is inferior because it is not cooked is perhaps the oldest and most pernicious. Indeed, it was once believed that the word "Eskimo"itself meant "eater of raw meat: in the Algonkian language (this has since been questioned). This advert goes further, suggesting that "energy" spent on digestion would reduce the value of the food, and make those who ate it lethargic and "dull" when compared to those who ate supposedly more advanced, cooked, or "pre-digested" foods.  I hasten to add that this ad, which dates from c. 1904, does not reflect on the current cereal of that name or its manufacturers!

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