‘Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins’ Study Deems Pumpkin Spice Lattes ‘White Privilege’
Excerpt: ccording to a study from a University of British Columbia scholar, pumpkins aren’t just vegetables, they’re a racial issue, and pumpkin spice lattes are an example of white privilege. In a study titled “The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins” — yes, that’s seriously what it’s called — Lisa Jordan Powell “examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States.” In the study, Powell discusses pumpkins through the lens of racism using a few different examples . . . including an entire section devoted to the problematic-ness of pumpkin spice lattes.