yuckproof your children!

While I don't know what the implications are for the so-called "wisdom of repugnance," I thought this news item was worth a yuck:

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Toddlers who say "yuck" when given flavorful foreign food may be exhibiting racist behavior, a British government-sponsored organization says.
What, precisely, is a "flavorful foreign food"? Haggis? If they made me eat that, I'd do more than say "Yuck." I'd throw up. (May my Scottish grandmother forgive my wisdom.)

This racially sensitive culinary advice is all in a 366 page guide I'd dearly love to read:

The London-based National Children's Bureau released a 366-page guide counseling adults on recognizing racist behavior in young children, The Telegraph reported Monday.

The guide, titled Young Children and Racial Justice, warns adults that babies must also be included in the effort to eliminate racism because they have the ability to "recognize different people in their lives."

The bureau says to be aware of children who "react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying 'yuck'."

"Racist incidents among children in early years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships," the guide says.

Staff members are advised not to ignore racist actions and to condemn them when they occur.

Wow. Does this mean that the next time a Muslim child says "yuck" to ham (or, say, to shrimp and shellfish) that he'll be condemned as "racist"?

The times they must be changing. At least in Britain.

Speaking of the racist wisdom of culinary repugnance, here's a video of a white man who has eliminated his, and made eating an unyucky experience.

OTOH, here's a clearly racist video, titled "yukky chinese food."

Skewered scorpions and insect pupae!

Perhaps children could have their yuck levels tested by being made to watch these and other videos. If they don't immediately say "Yummy!" it's time for sensitivity training.

Better start early, before they turn into gastrophobic bigots!

MORE: Jonah Goldberg is struggling with his daughter's racism occasional dislike of spicy salsa.

Via Glenn Reynolds, who thinks tar and feathers are too good for these people.

(But if they say "yuck," that's another matter.)

posted by Eric on 07.07.08 at 09:58 PM


The bureaucracy in the UK has reached a point where it's a black hole for rational thought. Calling kids racist for not liking unfamiliar foods - only an overly-educated bureaucrat with no kids would come up with such a stupid concept!

JLawson   ·  July 7, 2008 10:54 PM

how can we judge another people is a racist only by the food..?

torasham   ·  July 8, 2008 4:02 AM

It's amazing how the old-fashioned virtue of good manners would cover this better, without making it an international incident. Young children will say "yuk" at many foods, including ones they ate yesterday with a different presentation. Teaching them to politely decline is a skill that can generalize to a thousand situations later on. Teaching them that they must not dislike something or risk being considered politically immoral only teaches dishonesty, resentment, and victimhood.

Assistant Village Idiot   ·  July 8, 2008 8:49 AM

The insanity marches on. The Statue of Liberty should say this:

Bring us your food, your music, and your colorful cloths; but please leave your murderers, rapists, wife-beaters, and terrorists at home.
absurd thought -
God of the Universe wants
many Taliban planets

stonings and beheadings
billions killed daily

All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. If there is no freedom of speech, then there can be no real freedom.
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USpace   ·  July 8, 2008 9:10 AM

What we're watching here is the inculcation of a new, "progressive" ethic into the culture. Back in the 60s we were told that shaming children for early sexual behavior was damaging -- it was only natural that they be curious. Notice how natural reactions are no longer allowable in the face of progressive mores, though; children are to be shamed, again, only this time against what the progressives think of as immoral.

Progressivism is a religion that's being overlaid over Western culture. Britain is capitulating slowly. Let's make sure we do not do the same here in the US.

Plumb Bob   ·  July 8, 2008 9:56 AM

Will the children who were taught at home that pork is unclean be forced to learn the joys of multicultural cuisine?

Heather   ·  July 8, 2008 1:12 PM

Sanity is optional.

Beck   ·  July 19, 2008 8:15 PM

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