A Black Girl Scrubs My Pots

This negrita works every day, at least on the ones I choose to wash dishes.

This negrita works every day, at least on the ones I choose to wash dishes.

It would appear that the brass at Clorox de Centroamérica, who produce this sponge, have not read Mammy and Uncle Mose, and are thus uninformed regarding current protocol regarding race-related imagery. It almost seems like a throwback to Darkie Toothpaste. I suppose many Costa Ricans find solace in a double-use black girl dutifully scouring caked-on bits of hamburger or fetid feta. I see it, however, as an extension of the passively racist attitude that many Costa Ricans hold. While ticos are quick to point out that the United States is a racist nation and has a long history as such, the next breath might let loose phrases like me tenían trabajando como un negro, (they worked me like a black man), to which someone else will reply, si, pero es que hoy los negros no trabajan (yeah, but blacks don’t work any more). Then stupid chuckles all around. Well, I’ll tell you what, my negrita works dilligently and effectively.

This theme is rich and deserves a longer analysis, which I don’t have the patience to post right now. If anyone has any specific questions, let me know and I”ll try to answer them.

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    Ah yes, but does La Negrita get electrocuted while doing dishes?

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