Bye-bye, America’s pie.
A UK newspaper is being accused of trying to cancel apple pie by linking it to slavery and the “ongoing genocide of indigenous people.”
In a lengthy examination in the Guardian, author and scholar Raj Patel lists the ways that people are wrong in assuming that “nothing could be more American” — with even the recipe a ripoff of a British pumpkin pie.
He then lists at length the sometimes “bloody” origins of almost every part of the beloved dish — from apples, sugar, and even the gingham cloth it is traditionally served with.
“In the drama of nationalist culture, the bloody and international origins of the apple pie are subject to a collective amnesia,” Patel wrote.
“The apple pie is as American as stolen land, wealth and labor. We live its consequences today,” concluded the author, a research professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.