Food-based nicknames for ethnic or cultural groups
February 25, 2012 7:44 AM Subscribe
What are examples of ethnic groups being labelled or identified as an item of food (e.g. 'cracker')?
posted by Slothrop to society & culture (60 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I found out last Summer that white Germans are sometimes referred to as 'kartoffel' (potato) by Turks, Slavic people and other 'non-white' Germans. Being from the Southern US, the mild similarity to the term 'cracker' struck me as interesting. On another tangential (but related) note, Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" statement is often misunderstood to be a goof on his part wherein he claimed to be a jelly doughnut.*
I imagine there are other possible examples out there, but I am drawing a bit of a blank. I would appreciate any suggestions that others might have.
* - According to a few sources I've found, although there is a doughnut called a Berliner, it wouldn't be referred to as just a 'Berliner.'