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Running racism in America thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Scout, May 26, 2020.

  1. Driftwood

    Driftwood Well-Known Member

    It's crap like the grape soda thing that hurts trying to make real change. It's crying wolf and will make 99.9% of people tune out when something actual needs to be addressed.
  2. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    He intentionally named the horse Grape Soda to piss off a Black guy he didn't like. His entire intent was to be an offensive racist asshole.
  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    When I was growing up, the only guys we ever saw drinking grape soda were black. We maybe commented about about it like it was a stereotype, but I don't think any of us at least, thought it was meant to be racist, more just observational. It was similar to the fruity Goya sodas -- like Pineapple Soda or Coconut Soda -- you might see buried on a corner store shelf. The only people you ever saw drinking those were hispanic. You might have commented on it (and we commented on just about everything), but now I guess it's different. It's amazing how observations like those take the leap to actually becoming attempts at racism.
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  4. Driftwood

    Driftwood Well-Known Member

    That's true, but without reading the story or knowing the details, how many people are going to see the name Grape Soda and think "that's racist?" None.
    It's not like the horse's published name was "Grape Soda to Piss of a Black Guy."
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  5. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    If something is only sold in the south, it sometimes gets a connection with being for minorities.

    So I give you... Mr. Pibb.

    And white trash drinks Mountain Dew.

    And I’m not going to touch strawberry sodas.
  6. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Dude, M.R. Pibb is the best. We discovered that stuff in college and loved it.
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  7. OscarMadison

    OscarMadison Well-Known Member

    I read the story before I asked and reread it to see if I missed something. That was why I looked askance at the use of "Grape Soda" as an ethnic slur.

    BYM is right about Mr. Pibb. Dr. Zevia is a pitiful shadow of it and Dr. Pepper.

    Mountain Dew was originally branded as a drink for White Southerners who may or may not have been hillbillies. I used to keep a can or two cold because it was good for clearing out gak after a walk or run and was used the same way when people had to go out in the field when pollen and/or humidity were high. It fell under the same utilitarian category as Gatorade for some of us.
  8. garrow

    garrow Well-Known Member

  9. OscarMadison

    OscarMadison Well-Known Member

    It's so cute when stupid people find each other.
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  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    *Dr Pepper
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  11. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Wasn't Mt. Dew originally called Kickapoo Joy Juice or something like that? I remember seeing that in drink in gas stations in rural Kentucky and Georgia in the late 1960s and it was identical to the Dew.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Mr. Pimp sucks. Just sayin.
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