Back in the days, not only would humans enslave their brothers because of their skin color, but they would proudly name products with incredible dedication to their racism.
Our Arab childhood witnessed the rise of such product names; in hopes for our adulthood to witness the end of it... for good.
Here are some popular products in the Arab world that were given the most racist names:
This Turkish product, though delicious and surprisingly still maintaining its racist name, is called "Negro."
To make it even better, the website of its producer, ETi, describes the filling of the biscuits as "snowwhite cream sparkling between the cocoa biscuits."
2. Ras El Abed
An extremely popular product by Lebanese foods manufacturer, Gandour, this one was known, and is still referred to, as "Ras El Abed" - negro/slave's head.
In recent years, the product's name was changed to "Tarboosh," which represents Lebanon's traditional headdress back in the days.
This product is similar to Tarboosh - thin biscuit with dome-shaped marshmallow dipped in chocolate - but keeps the racist name, which was used to refer to black people during the slavery era.
Popular in Jordan since 1976, both the name and character on the package show racism against people of African origins.
4. Lif/sif l Abed
This magic product did wonders to clean homes in Lebanon, but its name wasn't as pleasant. Its English name was Negro while its Lebanese one was Lif/sif El Abed - slave's luffa.
These mini steel wool - floor mats and different household products under the same name - were made in Germany by Oscar Weil, but were discontinued later on. The brand name has been changed to Abrazo.
5. Festouk aabeed
Peanuts, as casual as the name may sound, hold a different name in the Arab world.
Apparently, after the Spanish invaded South America - where peanuts were being grown - they took back this plant to Africa, where slaves would plant them. The name Festouk Aabeed (slave's peanuts) soon followed.
Both these gems, Uncle Ben's and Aunt Jemima, have become necessities in every kitchen - especially Arabs'.
As for Uncle Ben's, the name comes from a renown rice farmer named Ben but undeservingly has no last name, while the face belongs to Frank Brown - a maitre d’hotel encountered by the rice company's owner, Gordon L. Harwell.