Here are some of the guide’s suggestions: ‘The Mocha Manual to Military Life: A Savvy Guide for Wives, Girlfriends and Female Service Members’; ‘Wise Latina’ t-shirts – a reference to Hispanic Supreme Court Judge, Sonia Sotomayor; and a number of hair and make-up products designed for ‘kinky hair’.
The guide featured alongside other gift guide categories, ‘Frugal Travel,’ ‘Chic and Cheerful,’ and ‘Cosmetic Enhancements.’
So why the need for a racially segregated gift guide? Why not have a ‘Gifts for White Anglo-Saxon People’? The ‘what If’ blog asks : ‘If the New York Times had a gift guide for WASPS – would you be offended? If so – then should you be any less offended by this?’
Mediaite’s Glynnis MacNicol says this was “badly, terribly thought out, bordering on offensive.”
African culture blog, xoliquoricexo thinks the term ‘racist’ is too harsh – preferring the words ‘ill-researched’ and ‘patronizing’ instead.
So why categorise ‘people of colour’ as a separate group? Doesn’t this simply reinforce racial sterotyping? With Barak Obama in the White House – whatever happened to a post-racial America? Perhaps you think it’s a good idea?