No Spice For You, You Racist

No Spice For You, You Racist

Set of spices pepper, turmeric, anise, coriander in vintage metal cups over old wooden table. Top view.
[lead dropcap=”yes”]I used to buy all my spices from Penzey’s Spice online and did so for a number of years, but that all changed in June 2014 when they decided to send out an email to their customers pushing gay marriage in our faces. My response:[/lead]

Now Rod Dreher writes that Penzey’s is at it again, this time excoriating people who voted for Trump as racists in need of being called on the carpet and required to make amends, you know, to the guy who sells them spices:

Whether any of us like it or not, for the next four years the 80% of this country who did not just vote for an openly racist candidate are going to treat you like you are the kind of person who would vote for an openly racist candidate.

You can get angry at everyone else for treating you like you just did the thing you just did, or you can take responsibility for your actions and begin to make amends. If you are lucky and younger family members are still coming over for Thanksgiving, before it’s too late, take a moment and honestly think about how your actions must look through their eyes. Simply saying “I never thought he’d win” might be enough. But if you have the means, leaving a receipt from a sizable donation to the ACLU or the SPLC accidentally laying around where you carve the turkey, might go over even better.

Or we can just buy our spices from someone who doesn’t hate us for our politics. I switched my spice purchases to The Spice House in 2014. Rod has done the same, while reporting the irony that doing so might be especially galling for Bill Penzey:

While looking around online to see what Bill Penzey’s problem is, I discovered that his sister Patty Erd and her husband Tom run a competing (but much smaller) spice business, called The Spice House. Bill Penzey Sr. and his wife started the business in the 1950s, and Patty inherited it. Bill Jr, her younger brother, started his own catalog company, Penzeys. I have no idea what the Erds’ politics are — far as I know, they could be commies, or they could be Trumpkins — but they don’t seem to make a habit of getting on their high horse and insulting their customers.

And that’s why I recommend that my friends buy their spices from The Spice House. Rod also lets us know that the Spice House is offering free shipping to new customers on their first order by using the promo code NOPOLITICS.

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  • Mix of spices: Graphicstock | Copyright by owner. Used with permission.
Written by
Domenico Bettinelli
3 comments
  • …you made your wife wait to go to the hospital while you ordered spice?

    • She told me to finish the order, of course. It was early labor and while we needed to go, she wasn’t about to drop the baby on the floor right there. In fact, she didn’t give birth or even go into active labor until the next day. So my comment was a bit tongue-in-cheek.

  • Thank you! I went back to buying my spices at the grocery for exactly this same reasoning. I am delighted on trying out the new alternative. Just stumbled on the site today while hunting up a mussel recipe. I am trying yours as son as I get back from the store.

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