Followers of CNN on social media were educated this week on the dangers of “racist fonts” that pose a risk to minority communities by “communicating asianness.”
“For years, the West has relied on so-called ‘chop suey’ fonts to communicate ‘Asianness’ in food packaging, posters and ad campaigns. But such fonts perpetuate problematic stereotypes,” posted the network on Twitter.
“It’s hard not to cringe at the Chinese stereotypes bundled up with each font package — especially when seen through the lens of today’s heightened vigilance toward discrimination and systemic racism. Critics believe that using chop suey typefaces is downright racist, particularly when deployed by non-Asian creators,” writes Anne Quito for CNN.
“White politicians, meanwhile, have been using chop suey fonts to stoke xenophobia for over a century,” she adds.