Slate: If You Like The White Turkey Meat, You Are A Racist

You can’t even eat turkey on Thanksgiving without being called a racist by our friends on the extreme left side of the aisle in America today, especially if you prefer the white meat over the dark.

Just before Thanksgiving last week, the liberal site Slate dredged up a 2010 piece claiming that the reason Americans love the white meat on a turkey is because we are all racists.

The rant written by Ron Rosenbaum is a great example of all that is wrong with the race baiting left in America these days. It is a sad example that literally everything under the sun is just another excuse for the far left to cry racism.

But before Rosenbaum goes into how turkey meat is racist, he prefaced his turkey talk with a digression on white bread, that one-time most favorite American sandwich bread. Rosenbaum says that white bread was once “regarded as the peak of social refinement by the new middle class.”

White bread fell from grace, Rosenbaum says, because “white bread” itself became an epithet — as in “that is so white bread” — and because nutritionists decided it was not a healthy food choice.

He’s right, of course, about the attack that health nuts led against white bread. But he makes it sound as if America initially fell in love with store-bought, bagged and sliced white bread because it signified the “social refinement” of the white, middle-class. This is not likely.

In the mid 1900s, store-bought, white bread was not sold as a “socially refined” product. It was sold in two ways, one being pure convenience. After all, previous to when packaged white bread became an American staple in the 1930s, homemakers had to bake their own bread. It was a great time saver to go buy a bagged loaf of bread at the grocery store instead of having to bake your own.

Secondly, white bread was initially (and up until the 1970s) sold as the healthy choice in bread and was featured prominently as a part of a diet enrichment campaign started by both manufactures and even the U.S. government. It should be noted that calcium was added to bread in 1941 when the U.S. government began to notice that many female recruits had rickets and by 1956 it became a federal law to enrich all bread products.

White bread was not sold based on class or race. It was a health and convenience thing. So, Rosenbaum’s wrong on his attack on white bread.

Then he gets to bashing our turkey.

You see, Rosenbaum wants you to know that if you are a white meat eater, the only reason you could be so stupid to like that “tasteless” part of the turkey is because, you guessed it, you are a racist. Rosenbaum wonders about the racism of liking white meat. “It was enough to make me wonder whether there could be a racial, if not racist, subtext here,” he wrote.

Rosenbaum couples the discussion of turkey with that of pork, “the other white meat.” He harkens back to pork chops being racist because the phrase “high on the hog” originated as a phase to denote what part of the hog rich, white, plantation owners ate from first leaving the lower parts — the feet, haunches, and innards — to their slaves.

Of course, it is also absurd to claim that “the other white meat” is considered a “racist” meat 150 years after slavery disappeared and long after any one had any memory of the origins of the phrase “high on the hog.”

In any case, Rosenbaum goes on to claim that dark turkey meat is less favored because of its racist “darkness.”

Despite its superior taste, dark meat has dark undertones for some. Dark meat evokes the color of earth, soil. Dark meat seems to summon up ancient fears of contamination and miscegenation as opposed to the supposed superior purity of white meat. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that white meat remains the choice of a holiday that celebrates Puritans.

Here Rosenbaum falls back on the rote “black = bad” concept that so many racebaiters insist underscores our entire society.

Amusingly, at the end of his piece Rosenbaum shows he has a total inability at introspection by claiming that someone else’s writing is “nonsensical” when he slams the work of French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. Whatever the merits of Sartre, it is amusing that after Rosenbaum’s whole exercise in logical fallacy he calls someone else’s work “nonsensical.”

But in the final analysis, Rosenbaum’s entire piece is just another silly exercise in the long reach to find racism under every bed, around every corner, and now even in our turkey.

For the record, I like the legs. That would be the dark meat. Rosenbaum could have made his overreaching screed much shorter by sticking with his initial “White meat is just a tasteless slab of dry, fibrous material” theme. At least there he was closer to the truth and could have saved us from all his absurd, racebaiting rambling.

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  • jim_m

    If you hear the dog whistle…

    The people that think this crap up are able to do so because they think in a racialist way. They see people as having a race or religion or ethnic group before they actually see the person. Rosenbaum sees racism because he is a racist. He writes a screed like this to project his own racist impulses on others rather than admit them to himself.

  • The_Queen_of_France

    Let’s not even get started on whitefish.

  • jim_m

    Ever notice that nearly all poultry raised for food have exclusively white feathers? Turkeys, Geese, Chickens, Ducks. The whole of the agricultural industry is a racist conspiracy.

    The dairy industry too. Why is it that the egg “white” is supposed to be the healthy part? Racism!!! Why is “Chocolate” milk considered to be not as good for you as “white” milk? Racism!!!!

    I suggest that Mr Rosenbaum go on a hunger strike until these terms are expunged from our language. The only way he can fight this infamy is to boycott all food. I will consider him a rank hypocrite if he fails to do so. But I also promise that if he starves himself to death I will gladly attend his funeral.

    • 914

      Yes and Stormy bad weather clouds are “dark” as opposed to “white” fair weather as well. I guess racism is all around us if we want to see it.

      • …and now the Northeast is getting set for a long cold winter of snowracism.

  • Huh. Imagine that…

    I’ve always thought the dark meat tasted better, while the white meat was usually (especially the way my mother cooked a turkey) was dry and tough.

    Man, they’re getting desperate on playing the race card, aren’t they?

  • Playing the race card has finally become self-satirizing. How can anyone take this garbage seriously? What’s next? Mashed potatoes are racist because most people like only the fluffy white inside and throw away the dark skin? Honestly, I wish these people would either pull their heads out of their butts or go for broke, shove really hard, and implode themselves into non-existence by becoming a singularity.

    • The crazy is starting to leak out. That happens when it’s under too high a pressure.

      I think a lot of the liberal pundits were hoping for a Romney win, and all of a sudden the current crappy state of the economy would be HIS fault. Now they don’t have anyone to blame for the current state of things, and they KNOW they can’t blame Obama for any of it – or even hint that his decisions might remotely be somehow connected to what’s going on.

      I expect more of this, actually. ANYTHING to hide what’s going on in their heads – or make it a bit more tolerable…

      • Carl

        “I think a lot of the liberal pundits were hoping for a Romney win, and all of a sudden the current crappy state of the economy would be HIS fault.”

        Yeah, those liberals really wanted Romney to win. lol… that makes no sense whatsoever.

        “The crazy is starting to leak out.”

        Too late, the crazy is literally dripping from your fingertips onto your keyboard.

        • Sky__Captain

          ” How can anyone take this garbage seriously?

          Carl can, and just did.

          • Oysteria

            I’m still waiting for him to make a comment with more substance than an 8 year old can muster up.

      • 914

        Those pundits wouldn’t affix any blame on Barry if he came out and admitted he really did not inherit this all from Boosh!!

  • Commander_Chico

    Troll Huston gets trolled by troll Rosenbaum. Ho-hum.

  • Which still leaves the question of Tofurkey and Turducken unresolved.

    • jim_m

      Tofurkey is a crime against humanity.

      • Maybe, but it’s a tasty crime nonetheless. It DOES actually taste a lot like turkey, and the stuffing’s darn good, too.

        • 914

          Never had it. Maybe give it a try.

  • Everything is “racist” these days.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white

  • 914

    I guess that makes Bing Crosby racist for dreaming of a White Christmas too?

  • Oysteria

    Rosenbaum used to write for PJMedia. He was a tool then and he’s a tool now. He would whine incessantly about people’s comments he didn’t agree with and in doing so would commit the same crimes he accused them of. Finally, rather than let others judge the merits of someone’s comment, he just refused to allow it to see the light of day. More than once I made comments on his blog that expressed disagreement, but respectfully, and they never materialized. Comments would go up for “moderation” and then just die a quiet death in the bit bucket.

    Up until he left (at least I haven’t seen anything there by him in some time) I would read his posts to constantly remind me of what kind of person NOT to be; an elitist snob who never seemed to meet anyone deserving of his efforts to be anything scornful.

    [edited for some spelling – I got hasty]

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