Coon cheese. The Coon cheese almost did it; almost convinced me Australians are racists. Was the cheese actually named after an obscure cheese-maker or did its name allude to the black plastic in which it supposedly once came wrapped? As it turns out Edward Coon did develop a cheese-making process so the name is not inappropriate. Perhaps cheese-marketing gurus chose the name as a clever double-entendre referencing both Edward Coon and the black wrapper – using American racist slang for a black person, what better way to sell cheese to Australians.
With the Coon doubts still lingering it now emerges that Coles, one of Australia's largest supermarket chains, is selling the grotesquely named Creole creme biscuits (chocolate biscuits sandwiching a creme filling). Sam Watson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland sums it up nicely:
"The word Creole comes from a period when people's humanity was measured by the amount of white blood they had in their bloodstream. This is the same kind of thought that underpinned horrific regimes like the Nazis."
That clinches it. This has to stop or the next thing you know we'll be offered an ice cream targeting homosexuals.
Update: Coles has agreed to change the name but I don't know that Mulatto Mallows is for the better.