When does a joke turn into prejudiced and eventually racism? I wouldn't say that America is on the verge of a ginger-genocide, but the jokes have increased in the last few years. I think of a Ginger as anyone who has red hair. Ginger is defined by the Urban Dictionary as, "A human, characterized by pale skin, freckles and bright red hair.
"Gingers" are generally considered to be inferior to their more
melanin-rich brethren, and thus deservingly discriminated against.
Gingers are thought to have no souls. The condition, "gingervitis" is
genetic and incurable." In 2008, a Facebook page was
created called “Kick a Ginger Day.” I don't know if the members carried
out this day, but I would be afraid if I was a ginger.
Where does the ginger hate originate from? I did some research and I found that Theophylus Presbyter, an11th-century monk, wrote that the blood of a young redhead could be used to transform copper into gold. In
1486, Malleus Malefacarum declared that "Those whose hair is red, of a
certain peculiar shade, are unmistakably vampires." Ginger hatred
surfaced in England due to anti-Irish sentiment. In more recent times, a
British company was forced to pull its advertisement that said "Santa
loves all kids, even ginger ones," because it provoked a national
response. Then, in 2005, "South Park" aired an episode in which Cartman
gives a hate speech declaring that "gingers do not have souls."
This may all seem like a joke, but when searching the internet I found websites dedicated to Ginger hatred. The comments include threats to ginger children and the calling for a vaccine to cure “gingervitis.” I
also found a few articles that include a little ginger girl being forced
to switch schools due to being constantly bullied because of her hair
color or a ginger family, from England, being attack in their
MIA released a nine-minute music video for her song "Born Free." The video imagines, in vivid detail, a world where brutal riot cops round up gingers, shoot them in the head, beat them with batons,
and force them to run through mine-fields. The video caused so much
controversy it was pulled from YouTube. I watched it and it's quite
disturbing, but the video makes me think twice about making fun of a
I challenge you to ask yourself, is the carrot-top hate a joke or racism?