Color me PC

June 6, 2011 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF, LESSONS LEARNED

Speaking of crayons, JJ and I took a trip to Michael’s the other day to buy some chalk for that mural I’m supposed to be painting on his wall (hey, at least it’s some progress…) and came across these:

Multicultural Crayons — good for Crayola! It’s been a while since I’ve purchased a box of crayons, so I’m not sure how long this ’round-the-world skin-tone set has been for sale. But the individual colors — black, sepia, peach, apricot, white, tan, mahogany and burnt sienna — have been around a while, mixed in with the general population of colors. I’d like to think non-“Peach” kids would enjoy crayons closer to their skin-tone, and the “Peach” kids would become more well-rounded in their coloring sessions.

This is a nice follow-through from a much earlier crayon kerfuffle… Crayola originally had a crayon named “flesh” that civil rights leaders rightly complained about, forcing Crayola to change the name to “Peach” in 1962.

A progression of "flesh" to "peach" over the years, originally purchased on eBay and posted by another blogger.

But I’m not the only one to recently report about this box o’ diversity. Just a couple of months ago there was some snarky commentary on Fox & Friends, making fun of the product, as if being culturally sensitive was something negative. Not surprising, but still annoying and sad.

Oh yeah, and right next to the Multicultural Crayons we saw…

Triangular Crayons for kids with gay parents! There’s even a rainbow at the top!
Hey, a dad can dream, can’t he?

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