DailyDirt: People Colored

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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.

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Pirate Prats says:

The red/blue was flipped in the 2000 election. It’s the tradition way with ‘left’ parties being red and ‘right’ being blue.
But Fox changed it in 2000.

For a REALLY funny thing, we’ve all heard about ‘purple states’ (Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Virginia, etc were Purple States this election), What happens when you get a guy barely out of his teens, who has most of his political experiance as a candidate in Canada running a US party? Yes, he decides that the party color should be PURPLE, because that’s what it was in Canada…

This happened with the US Pirate Party, while the person in question was SUPPOSED to be working on statutes.

Leigh Beadon (profile) says:

Re: Re:

That was my first reaction too (and QI rules!) but if you read the full article it’s clear that they are well aware of the switching around and it was never quite as clear-cut as that QI episode made it sound. At the same time that some were promoting pink for boys, blue for girls, others were promoting the reverse and others still were saying it had nothing to do with gender and should be based on hair colour and stuff like that.

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