Photo: Multicultural Crayons
These have been crayons have around for 20 years, much to the surprise of Fox, who only found about their existence last week. Controversy or just plain Multiculturalism?
It is 2011, and kids shouldn’t have to purchase and carry to school a 64 crayon set just to avoid coloring the family pet, the front door, the tan uncle, and the president of the nation with the same crayon.
This is the rationale behind the 1992 (limited then, now global) release of the “Multicultural Pack,” a box carrying within it the 8 most popular skin tones: black, sepia, peach, apricot, white, tan, mahogany and burnt sienna.
The release managed to stay off the Fox controversy radar for just short of 20 years, but it seems that as the school supply makers decided to take the Multicultural idea beyond the realm of crayons, and create culturally sensitive color pencils, markers, watercolors and whatnot, the controversy-o-meter at Fox went crazy.
We are also not happy with the Multicultural pack, but for different reasons. While Fox ties their panties in a knot, and comes out saying that the only crayon a kid needs is blue, we want to encourage Crayola to re-christen their hues, as Mahogany is the color of a wood, and not that of Tiger Woods. Sepia is the color of old photographs, not the tone of Señor Hugo Chávez. Right? What color is then, an old photograph of the Venezuelan leader, hmm?
So in that order of ideas, Crayola, we think your colorful crayons, should be named after some equally colorful latinos: