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America's Current Controversy: Saladin Ahmed's pop of a Darker Color

Updated on October 27, 2017
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Kenneth is a natural-born southerner and grew up his entire life in the south where he has resided now for 63 years in Hamilton, Al.,


Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Today I finished the hub/narrative below.

Professional note: as you will soon see, there are brand name(s) such as Kellogg's; Kellogg's Corn Pops; Corn Flakes; Twitter; Facebook, Marvel Comics and Saladin Admed. I, in no way, am endorsing any of these companies, products, or people for you to support, purchase products, or think that you have to buy any of their goods. And yes, my friends, I guzzled down the black coffee as I worked on this offering.

Personal Note: my whole intention of this hub was to bring to light a very unnecessary question tweeted by Saladin Admed concerning the color of one of the corn pops that appeared a lot browner in color than the rest of the corn pops on the cereal box that Ahmed viewed.

Thursday, Oct. 26, was a really boring morning. So boring, I cannot begin to put it into mere words. So not to look apathetic and let fly a few choice complaints about why this day of all days was so boring, two things happened: In the sky above my house, I witnessed my very first pig with white wings flying as pretty as you please. It flew by, grinned, and flew away. And just before I began to jot down this once-in-a-blue-moon event, a second event, just as miraculous and stunning happened: Hell, someone yelled, has just frozen over! I knew that this was true for thick columns of multi-colored smoke was coming from out of the very earth under my feet. Of all the days to be without a pocket-size notebook and a pen.

And if I chose to use these phrases to describe the flying pig and Hell freezing over, I would write: The most amazing things I ever witnessed. My life was suddenly changed. And where can I buy a pig that flies? If you find one, I want one and retire to a secluded island in the area of Key West and relax my life away.

But I am right. The latest Social Insanity of Late is: Kellogg's Cereals is having to re-design their Corn Pops box. You read it right. A cereal box. Not a nasty lawsuit filed by an inside whistle-blower, but from someone who does not even work for Kellogg's (allegedly). And the man I am talking about, (a) Saladin Ahmed, a Marvel Comics writer, "Black Bolt," series, probably doen't even eat Corn Pops. Now you can fall on your hardwood floor laughing hysterically like a pack of Hyenas running in some far-away country. Probably in our own nation.. Hyenna's are not stupid. They know how to travel smartly.

The center of the latest needless "controversy" is all due to Ahmed's Twitter question: "why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor?"

Neither you or I cannot read Saladin Ahmed's mind. We are not famous magician, Blackstone. Ahmed just might have been gesting. Maybe not. But he used Twitter on Tuesday to express dismay that the only brown-colored corn pop was a janitor and said the illustration was teaching racism.

Is Kellogg's really and secretly teaching racism? Seriously? Or in the case of The JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories, maybe another big and stupendous cover-up that has been covered-up since our children started watching cartoons on our television sets on Saturday mornings. It's possible. This day and time, anything and everything is possible in America. We need to keep this in mind when we read a news article such has caused such a quiet uproar by the upper management of Kellogg's and decided to go on with a newly-designed Corn Pops box. But also keep in mind when you join ranks with those who were angered by Mr. Saladin Admed's "janitor" comment, Kellogg's went the honorable way and said their Corn Pops box would be completely designed.

But how? This brings up a lot of needless and very silly questions: Will Kellogg's use only ONE color of a corn pop on its box? Okay. That way, Ahmed or someone else who has found that Kellogg's, although a huge corporation, does have a chink in its armour, will in all probability, use Twitter of Facebook to claim discrimination for NOT having more than one color of corn pop in the box.

Other needless questions: Is Ahmed an Personnel Evaluator? His position is writer for Marvel Comics. A writer--one who is talented enough to bring joy even in the midst of a stupid controversy that should have never caused this much dust being kicked up. How would Ahmed, you or I, know, just by looking on the Kellogg's Corn Pops box that the pop in question is a janitor, and what of it?

Do janitors of all races not work in various places, and most make a hefty paycheck. Why does Ahmed feel that a corn pop that is "a lot browner," he said, qualify for Kellogg's teaching racism? I can tell you, Mr. Ahmed, I for one, admire Kellogg's for they are showing a corn pop doing work. Uh, oh! Another silly question: are the other happy corn pops on the cereal box all receiving some form of government entitlement? Tell me, Mr. Ahmed.

Since these questions, that I am asking, are possibly silly, they are on the block and might be asked. One such as: Since Saladin Admed asked Kellogg's about a certain corn pop being a much brower color and working as a janitor, what about the tried and true Kellogg's red rooster that has graced its box of Corn Flakes for eons? Was Kellogg's sending subleminal messages about brain-washing our youth to convert to Communism with that raging red color on the rooster's head?

Was the Kellogg's C.E.O. and those in similar management positions simply afraid of a good knock-down, drag-out rumble starring in this corner, Saladin Admed, with a record of one knock-out (Kelloggs), no ties. And the challengers, Rev(s). Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, who are both experienced with such needless public rumbles. If this "fight" did take place, Kellogg's would not lose. But rather take the Wiser Road, again, and just quietly go about the business of designing a new, non-discriminate corn pop box.

One more thing, Mr. Ahmed, you asked about the corn pop working as a janitor, take a good look at the Corn Pops box--he is manning (or popping, as it were) a set of hand-trucks. I used a set of these tools when I worked for our weekly newspaper in Hamilton, Ala., I wasn't being identified as a janitor at the newspaper, so why did you label this one corn pop as a janitor?

And if you aren't satisfied with the new Corn Pops design, are you going to gripe about "that" design? Well, that is your right. But just remember. Count Chocola is a major cereal celebrity who appears on another Kellogg's-produced cereal and do you now want Chocola to be given a lighter color? That might get ugly if you are given your head--not that you are a race horse, but that term is a race horse term that explains when the jockey completely turns loose of the reins and lets the horse go at full-speed.

My next-to-the-last question: Are you, Mr. Ahmed, going to ask Kellogg's if the company is going to have their Art/Graphic Dept., have individual corn pops to represent every known nationality in the free world on their new Corn Pops box? You know. The Latino; Chinese; Japanese; Egyptian; Jewish; German; Swedish and on and on and on. My thinking is this: if Kellogg's wants to cover all of their bases, they should go with this idea. That way, those individuals like yourself, cannot get on Twitter or other social media and ask Kellogg's more asine questions.

Probably the silliest question, and the question that should win me with some prestigious award, that may be asked (in the near future): was this entire debacle of a person on Twitter simply asking a simple question that was a good (not great) publicity stunt to cause Corn Pops to now fly off of the grocery shelves for now the boxes will all be collector's items then sold for big bucks on EBay.

It's possible. Very possible. Dear God, I hope not.

© 2017 Kenneth Avery


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you for taking the time to comment on the Corn Pops Controversy.

      I really wasn't grand-standing. Just pointing out how very needless Ahmed's attack on Corn Pops really is.

      Why didn't he just go to Battle Creek, MI., the Kelloggs headquarters and with a news crew, have a televised meeting, but a civil meeting?

      He was not able to do that?

      I question his techniques.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Kari,

      Conspiracies can go into action and probably (in) action as we speak--and since I did some more thinking about this obvious stunt to get attention about the racial thing . . .I am like you in knowing that now Corn Pops have seen a sudden surge of popularity.

      We shall see.

      Write anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @MizBejabbers-- and now with Ahmed having Kellogg's living in fear, I guess he will now dedicate his search for certain colors of cars and trucks that to him, the idiot that he is, look racial.

      But this time, GM, Ford, and Toyota will not be as quick as to start re-painting their cars.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, MizBejabbers,

      I whole-heartedly agree!

      The entire debacle could have been avoided if, like you say, those high-tech printing companies had just checked the proofs and color schemes.

      Nice catch.

      Write anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, breakfastpop,

      Long time. No see.

      Hope you are okay. I join with you on contesting Ahmed's openly blantant stupidity in knocking (a) cereal which is not about Islam or ISIS. A cereal. Just a cereal. I guess Kellogg's was just the "Scape Cereal" of that week.

      Take care, breakfastpop and write anytime.

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      15 months ago

      Shame on Ahmed and Kellogg's! Al of this is total nonsense and very stupid!

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      15 months ago from Beautiful South

      Kenneth, my friend, you have outdone yourself! Of all your prolific hubs that I've had time to read, this is the best one. Mechanical errors can cause color discrepancies in ink after printing. You know the warning about dye lots when you are buying wallpaper? Kellogg's should have just acknowledged a printing error and let it go at that. This allowing asinine people to dictate the way we do business today is ridiculous, and in the long run, it is costing the consumer money.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      15 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Kenneth. So you think Kellogg's planned this? Maybe, maybe. You don't find as many people eating Corn Pops. Maybe the should change the name also, Corn Pops is so boring and there is no sugar mentioned, lol. Now all those parents, who bought the boxes to see on Ebay at a later date, are going to make their kids eat them. Who knows, maybe there will be a whole new market. LOL, you bring up some good questions here. :)

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      15 months ago from Washington DC

      Brother Kenneth, I'm not opposing you, only stating facts.

      Have you ever seen a Rooster without their red "comb"? In my 8 country childhood years and 33 traveling nomad years I never did, thus, the way you put your question about it makes that unrelated.

      The Kelloggs box in question had only one puff a different color from all the puffs on it, if there had been a black, red and white one - the rest are yellow - doing some form of work I would concur with you but it has a multitude of yellow with one brown. Because it is brown it does not imply African descent but all other mixed people of the earth as South American and Middle Eastern people are considered.

      Another point is the yellow puffs could represent Trump's hair which - since Trump has verbally shown resentment to "Middle Easterners" - may very well represent discrimination against Middle Easterners. When you look at the plaintiff's name is puts him in the group Trump has shown disdain for.

      Since you put it out there I could not help but comment on the other 180 degrees you did not consider.

      Peace Brother,

      Elijah NatureBoy


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