color me critical
March 15, 2005 1 Comment
Here are a few things about the Crayola history I don’t like quite as much:
Prussian Blue … Name changed to “midnight blue” in 1958 in response to teachers’ requests.
What the …?!
Flesh … Name voluntarily changed to “peach” in 1962, partially as a result of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
Does this imply that the other name changes were involuntary?
Indian Red is renamed Chestnut in 1999 in response to educators who felt some children wrongly perceived the crayon color was intended to represent the skin color of Native Americans. The name originated from a reddish-brown pigment found near India commonly used in fine artist oil paint.
This one reminds me of the North Carolina teacher who was reprimanded a few years ago for using the word ‘niggardly’ in class.
Fluorescent colors added in 1972, including Chartreuse.
Fluorescent color names change in 1990. Chartreuse becomes Screamin’ Green.
And kids just get dumber and dumber.