FONTS are racist!

We’re doing everything we can to fight racism, but will it ever be enough?

I hope I delivered those words in a very virtuous font.

But judging by a new CNN op-ed, I may not have.

Posted April 8th, “Karate, Wonton, Chow Fun: The End of ‘Chop Suey’ Fonts” schools America on the racism of lettered design.

The article begins with a test:

Here’s a thought experiment: Close your eyes and imagine the font you’d use to depict the word “Chinese.”

So how’d it look? Did you envision an alphabet rife with “the swingy, wedge-shaped strokes you’ve seen on restaurant signs, menus, take-away boxes and kung-fu movie posters?”

If so, well, your diagnosis ain’t good.

That type of writing — the piece poses — has been a “typographical shortcut for ‘Asianness.’”

As it turns out, the use of lettering that looks supposedly Chinese to reference things that are supposedly Chinese…is cringe-y:

“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.”

“Chop suey” fonts, to be clear, have been “cooked up” by type designers in the West.

That would make sense, I suppose, since they’re English fonts.

Read the rest at: redstate.com


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