Surprise! Referring to food as “exotic” is now considered to “reinforce xenophobia and racism.”
Washington Post warns that using the term to describe food creates division and distance between people.
The article posted on Thursday, written by Daniela Galarza, starts off quoting a couple who praised the food from Afghan restaurants, and referred to the meals as “exotic.”
The author admitted that the couple “meant no harm” but then went on to criticize them, and anyone else who uses that term for looking at the world through a “presumptive Anglocentric perspective.”
“What’s ‘exotic’ to you isn’t ‘exotic’ to my neighbor, might not be ‘exotic’ to my mom, probably wouldn’t be ‘exotic’ to my best friend,” she wrote.
She also claimed that use of the term, particularly regarding food, “indirectly lengthens the metaphysical distance between one group of humans and another, and, in so doing, reinforces xenophobia and racism.”
Galarza then quotes Chandra D. L. Waring, professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, who claimed that the term is only used to describe something non-white.
“I have never heard the word exotic used in reference to something that is White,” the professor said.
“You know that exotic means ‘other’ or ‘different’ from a dominant-White perspective because no one ever says, ‘I’m going to go on an exotic vacation, I’m going to Lowell, Mass.’ No one ever says, ‘Let’s go to that exotic new restaurant, let’s go to McDonald’s,’” she added.
“Like ethnic and alien, the word exotic was invented to describe something foreign,” Galarza wrote, despite admitting that foreign often implies something positive.
Everyday we are told more and more things are racist. When does the “wokeness” give? We are exhausted and our heads are spinning. Stop making up new rules as we go. Not everything is racist!
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