China: Back to the Days of Blackface

Of all the unfamiliar products in a Chinese supermarket, one of the most shocking to American visitors is a toothpaste featuring the logo of a minstrel singer in a top hat, flashing a white smile. Even more shocking: the paste, known as Darlie in English and as Black People Toothpaste in Chinese, is a product of the Hawley & Hazel Group, a Hong Kong–based company established in 1933, which is now owned in part by Colgate-Palmolive.  See full article.  Submitted by Kwame Dougan,  a LexNoir Foundation Bailey Scholar, currently studying in China.

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