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Map of World Racism

French food is now racist according to a “Food Whiteness” professor.

It is amazing to see how the meanings of words morph over time.  It was not that long ago that “racism” meant a belief system of ethnic bigotry or hatred.  In fact, being called a “racist” could even cost a person his job or reputation.  This used to be a negative, a strong pejorative, in fact.  But now, it seems, the words “racism” and “racist” have been rehabilitated and repurposed.

I do enjoy racist pastries and desserts, and I appreciate the racist language.  I took racism in high school, and was delighted to be able to speak with my wife’s grandmother in Canada who only spoke racism, not English.  Of course, Canada is well known as having two official languages: English and racism, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a  fluent racist.  Racism is common around the world, not only in Canada, but also in much of Africa, Racist Guiana, Haiti, and other countries in the Caribbean.  There are even two small racist islands off the coast of Newfoundland that are not part of Canada: Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.  Here in my home state of Louisiana, racism has a privileged status, and drivers can even opt for a racist license plate.  In the western part of the state, it is common to hear racism spoken and sung on the radio.  And racism crosses the color barrier, as racist Cajuns and racist Creoles both lay claim to their proud heritage of racism.

Racism is a popular second language around the globe.

Racist film, literature, wine, and cheese are popular around the world, and racists not only helped the United States win its independence, but the racist military were allies in World War II.  Racist history is studied the world over, from the racist wars with the Roman Empire, to the racist province of Gaul, through the racists in the Holy Roman Empire, the racist kingdom, the racist revolution (and the racist reign of terror), the rise and fall of the racist empire, the racist Bourbon restoration, to the modern era of the racist republic, and today’s racist membership in the European Union, where racism is commonly spoken, and where racists have been welcomed and offered leadership roles.

And although it is not truly authentically racist, even popular fast food restaurants retain the heritage of racism in the form of racist fried potatoes.  But there is also the genuine systemic racism of breakfast sandwiches served on racist croissants, and po-boys featuring magnificent racist bread, perhaps au jus.  And who doesn’t enjoy the occasional racist toast avec sirop d’érable?

It is wonderful to see the ugliness of past racism wiped away by such professors, to be replaced by a more positive connotation of racism and racists.  For that we should offer a hearty, “Merci!” and “Vive le Racisme!”

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2:13 pm on July 2, 2021

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