Outstanding Journalism. This is some of the best writing I have encountered in this paper.
Too bad Pronghorn left us in the great "verified account harrumphing of 2016" because he'd be doing a giant victory lap. A well-deserved one, at that.
Really? Seriously? This much butthurt over a word? I don't see how much marketing money can be made from it since few people outside this county know what Gillan is. I'm Cuban, should I start being offended by people other than Cubans using the word "Cuban" when making a sandwich? Get over yourselves.
P. S. I'm also black. So don't go there.
Can we trust an accused pedophile with an agenda to derail democratic lead prosecution because the GOP won't go after him - presumably because they love him so?:
Black/geechee people are up in arms about the way their community is portrayed and exploited now because THEY CAN. I love these comments saying "oh my god everyone is so sensitive" bla bla. Well in MY PARENTS GENERATION there was segregation. Ya know...Jim Crowe? Don't act like the world has instantaneously changed because we let black people drink at the same water fountain or a half black man became president! That has not solved racism. It's deep rooted and black people have every right to say, "find your own marketing gimmick. I'm not piggy backing off of you so don't piggy back off me." All that being said, I love the revelry. I'm going to their block party on oct.30. I don't think they meant anything malicious by it. But that doesn't mean people can't have an opinion about it.
Why not create a beer named White Plantation Owner and see how well it is received? Is the brewery making financial contributions to help create better jobs or enhancing communities for those whose cultural name has been appropriated? The Gullah-Geechee community has been here for hundreds of years and using the name commercially does NOTHING to perpetuate a true understanding of the people. When Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong played Charleston it was at Riverside Beach now Remley's Point because they were not permitted to play downtown. Had Revelry met with community members in the Scanlonville, Snowden, etc. areas of Mount Pleasant PRIOR to launching the product valuable focus group insights could have been provided to the brewer's marketing officer.
I see plenty of posts using a logical basis for its arguments for the brewery, it's choice in product name and it's path seeking legitimacy but I am here to tell you, as a Charleston native, as a Geechee....I ain't never heard of this group they sought their "ok".
Where was the focus group? Was this the only means of "approval" sought? How does tagging this product Gullah bring honor my community? Will contributions from the sales be given to Sea Island interests?
I'm all for craft beer, small business and successful business. But why fight for something that isn't yours. If the product is that good you could call it "Carolina crab water" and it will still sell. *that's a freebie* You don't need to use my culture as trendy marketing device.
How about changing the name to Sea Island Cream Ale? No mascotification, and honoring the locale and the people that make it up?
Link to more information for readers who might want to attend?
Oh boy more angry rhetoric from a disgruntled MLK wanna be. How about some constructive conversation designed to evoke a real change. Nah lets just shake our fists and be angry right?
Their are none so blind as those who will not see.
OH for God sake Gullah is not a proprietary term . These guys could have used the name as it is part of our lexicon and never even acknowledged the Gullah community.
This is a classic example of no good deed going unpunished. whoever has issue with this should be thankful of their efforts to help the community not fade into obscurity.
Get over yourself.
Why exactly would one want to name a beer after an ethnic group? Being a gullah native whose ancestry on Johns island goes back to the 1700's I think it's pretty dumb. It'd be like me making a beer and calling it brogue,after the people that live in the outer Banks region of North Carolina.
Where can I get some of those Gullah Grits? Oh yeah, maybe the Gullah Gourmet. Showcased by Oprah and doing business in Charleston for a generation. Good thing they got established before everyone started getting butthurt by everything anyone does or says.
Smh. Gullah Cuisine can be named such because they 'actually' cooked "Gullah" foods and the restaurant proudly displayed Gullah/Geechie artifacts. The owners are deeply rooted in that community and live a life that contains the culture everyday. The brewery could have initially done more with the education they want to share with the production of the beer. Now that they know this and how important it is to not just capitalize off it but teach at the time, I'm sure they will make necessary changes. Sounds like a good beer though. May have to try it!
Vivian seems so normal! Someone you could sit down with a glass of wine or beer and just talk about life and the food it inspires. Love her show.
Our society has gone to hell and a hand basket!!! Pretty soon we will become a society of mutes so as to not offend anyone! I know the character of the folks at Revelry! They work their butts off to do the right thing. If we were more like them, we would be a hell of a lot better off. Move on to more important things!
Most people dont think of Native Americans as real people because theyve been reduced to a mascot." Had these been worded a lot/some people instead of most people I would have agreed with it. I agree most people aren't empathetic enough toward the plight of Native Americans in the past and still today, but this isn't the first time this writer has sounded dismissive of "most people". Its much easier to rant than bring real change, but I'd like to hopefully think that progress is the writers intention.
So it's ok for Gullah cuisine to use the name for "mere" food, or kids to strip my palm trees bare for sweetgrass roses, but a company that actually tries to use its product to help recognize a fading community is out of line. Give me a break.
The entire local craft beer dealio is based on a catchy name. Most of the beer isn't worth spitting out. I'll bet a hundred dollar bill that everyone involved in the naming of this beer didn't know the word "Gullah" more than 10 years ago. Gullah is a local buzzword now and it's "marketed". Not even close to understanding and being respected for what it is or means. Makes me sad. Very sad indeed
@Dan Blake: ...shots fired...
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