DailyDirt: People Colored
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
There used to be Crayola crayons labeled “flesh” — which was re-named to “peach” in 1962, and now Crayola has a pack of eight crayons specifically called “multicultural” that includes: black, sepia, peach, apricot, white, tan, mahogany and burnt sienna. However, there are other colors that have been used to label people, like red and blue. The history of these color associations isn’t so black and white. Here are just a few interesting links on how we’ve changed looking at colors over the years.
- Red states and blue states didn’t always refer to Republican and Democratic electorates, respectively. Red and blue were frequently used to describe American political affiliations, but which color represented which party was not consistent until relatively recently (ca. 2000) — for instance, during the Cold War, who wanted to be described as “red” in American politics? [url]
- Studies of how linguistic descriptions of color affect the way people perceive colors have rekindled the idea that language can shape how people think. And that’s doubleplusgood. [url]
- Babies used to be dressed up in all white, but then little boys started only wearing blue… and girls would wear only pink. Again, this convention wasn’t settled on for a long time, and it could have easily gone the opposite way (boys in pink, girls in blue). The real loss is in gender neutral colors for children’s clothing…. [url]
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