Posted on January 20, 2022

For MLK Day, Spice Company Says All Republicans ‘Racist,’ Want to ‘Shoot a Black Person’

Daniel Villarreal, Newsweek, January 18, 2022

On Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day, a spice company sent out an email calling all Republicans “racist” who largely hope to one day “shoot a Black person.”

Penzeys Spices, a Wisconsin-based company, issued an email promotion Jan. 14 dubbing the MLK holiday weekend, “Republicans are racist weekend.”

The promotion went on to accuse Republicans of opposing BLM’s success “in moving America towards greater equality for Black people, in many ways the first real success since the time of Dr. King,” during the racial justice protests that erupted nationwide during summer 2020.

“Republicans did all they could to derail that success by trying to drown out BLM’s message with shouts of all lives matter, and blue lives matter, and lying about the leaders of BLM being Marxists and Communists,” the company’s promotion said.


“What a bunch of racists,” the message continued. {snip}

To “cheese off racists,” the promotion offered half-cup jars of China cinnamon, Mexican oregano or Penzeys curry as well as a sheet of 10 heart-shaped Black Lives Matter (BLM) stickers, both free with any $10 purchase.

It also offered two other spices, specially priced at $2, with all proceeds going towards the national BLM group and the Milwaukee-based organization Black Leaders Organizing Communities BLOC.