As I await my big media appearance on Jason DeRusha’s “Good Question” tonight (10 p.m.!), there’s been some great dialogue about yesterday’s CollardGate story. Here are a few links:
Jason’s DeBlog asks straight-up if advertising frying chicken and collard greens to African-Americans is “racist.” Consensus among commenters: No. A Rainbow spokeswoman says it’s merely target marketing. Update: a bunch of college profs disagree.
Mpls.St.Paul epicure Adam Platt also doesn’t find fault. He has the most thoughtful run-through of the arguments for Rainbow, and against my “tsk-tsks.” This proves Adam is a less-guilty white Jew than I am.
Over at Secrets of the City, the consensus also seems to be no biggie, though edging into clumsy and poor taste. If you’ve long craved a discussion of “fish balls,” this is the place to get your satisfaction.
While my view — that the ad creeped me out — seems to be a (pardon the pun) minority one, I’m pretty pleased to see the chatter about this. It reinforces my point that it was a legit story to begin with — all it takes is a newsroom with the assurance to give it proper context.
By the way, in the coming days, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for Rainbow ads on Channel 4.