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Sunday, 22 August 2010

English Language: Fruits that discriminate?

Due to the colour of their skin (cáscara), some fruits are used as ethnic slurs (insultos étnicos) in English.
An apple is a red-skinned person who behaves in a servile way (como un esclavo) towards white people or who behaves like a white person. The term apple then refers to an American Indian (Native American) who is "red on the outside but white on the inside."
A banana means somebody who is "yellow on the outside and white on the inside."
A coconut is a person who has black skin who acts like a white person.
There is a cookie called Oreo which is also used to refer to somebody who has black skin trying to be "white".

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