Okay, I may be slightly overreacting, but I had this conversation with the boys in Target the other day:
Me: “We need to buy some Band-Aids.”
Aram: “I want Spiderman!”
Me: “Samuel, do you want Tinkerbell (what he got last time) or something new?”
Samuel: “I don’t think I want any color; I want big people Band-Aids.”
Me: “You mean beige?”
Samuel: “Yeah, but brown for me.”
Me: (scouring the aisle and knowing there is slim-to-no chance I’m going to find brown bandages)… “How about clear?”
Samuel: “Clear still has beige in the center.”
Me: (Internal monologue) Dammit, he’s right…. “It doesn’t look like they make them buddy…”
Samuel: “Why not?”
Me: (Internal monologue) Because our society still shows its racist tendencies in the most insidious ways, to and it makes you sound insane if you point it out!… “You know what? They may have sold out of brown! Let’s look online when we get home.”
I looked online and the actual brand Band-Aid doesn’t make “flesh” tones in anything other than beige.
However, this other bandage company does! (We bought some for both of the boys):
Here is a beautifully written article: Why Is the Color of Band-Aids Caucasian?