• Blogger Says Band-Aids Only Come in One Color Because of One Crazy Reason

    A feminist, anti-racist ‘blogger’ complained that band-aids manufacturers are racist because band-aids only come in one color, prompting a Swedish pharmacy chain to scramble to find a manufacturer of ‘dark’ band-aids.

    A spokeswoman for the national Apoteket chain of pharmacies went head-to-head with Paula Dahlberg, the feminist author of the Every Day Racism blog and Left-party campaigner on Sweden’s government-funded Radio Sweden.

    Dahlberg argues that the beige colored patches symbolize what she called the everyday “whiteness norm,” where manufacturers presumed their customers to be white by default.

    “Usually I try and find a clear plaster, to try and be a little more discreet, precisely because there are no plasters available close to my skin color… its part of what is usually called the whiteness norm, that white people are normal,” Dahlberg said during the radio appearance, triggering a national discussion about whether the color of band-aids are indeed a symptom of “white privilege.”

    White people comprise approximately 90-per-cent of the Swedish population.

    Eva Fernvall, the pharmacy chain’s spokesman was stunned by the accusatiom of racism levelled at her.

    “It is a bit embarrassing that we haven’t thought of it ourselves,” she said. She promised to stock darker hues in future.

    She may very well struggle. It seems the production of the familiar beige plasters is a matter of economics – they sell well and are profitable. An article in magazine The Atlantic recalls the fate of previous attempts to produce sticking plasters in any shade of human flesh as long as it wasn’t pink.

    ‘Ebon-aids’ marketed in the United States in the 1990s to appease political activists, but public failure. Only 20,000 boxes were sold of the original one million pack production run. The company went bankrupt and its investors lost their start-up capital.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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