Is the Arizona beverage company boldly marketing racism and bragging about it on urban message boards? Judge for yourselves:

My name is LaMar McGowan and today was the first day of my life were I Felt like less of a Black Man! When did Slavery become marketable? I'm Calling for a nation wide Boycott on a drink company named "Arizona" which has a variety of flavors. I myself have bought a number of their drinks, but on 11/30 I bought my last one.

There is someone in the marketing dept. who told someone on the board that, "We can degrade black people and make money at the same time," - and the board member agreed!

Every Black person from the south knows how good it felt on those hot southern days to have a tall glass of sweet tea. "Arizona" has a flavor known as Southern Style Sweet Tea." But if you look closely on the front of the can, there is a picture of a Plantation!

Yes, I said a Plantation, with a white couple on the porch and a Black woman dressed like Aunt Jemima walking away from the house. When did slavery become marketable?

My Grandfather was 100 years old before he passed in 2004 and that picture reminds me of his very few but painful story's not a hot southern day with a cool refreshing glass of sweet tea. So stop buying any drinks from this company!

Stand up and let your voice be heard & overload their lines. 1-800-832-3775.

  • Krysi – yes the same one

    I agree, and since they never had my business in the first place, I won't have a problem boycotting their products. THE HELL with Arizona!

  • sumpthinspecial

    I received this email a couple of months ago. I was appalled when I saw it but unfortunately passive. Shame on me for not thinking of you Sandra or any other media outlet to further publicize and expose this company’s blatant racism and ignorance.

  • greg

    There goes my plans for "Old Colored Fellow" white wine

  • LovelyLady

    OH HELL TO THE MOFO NAH...................I USE TO DRINK THAT ISH FAITHFULLY BECAUSE IT WAS A BIG CAN WORTH ONLY .99.........SO I WAS DRINKING IT ALOT.........ESPECIALLY THE GRAPE FLAVOR.........BUT NOT ANYMORE....BOUT TO MAKE MY PHONE CALL TO LET THESE RED NECK MOFO'S KNOW WHAT I THINK

    LATA

  • NYCUTIE

    I have YET to see this in stores and I won't believe this until I see it. As soon as I see it then I will holla

  • AreUForReal

    Arizona has been run by members of the KKK since it's founding. This is nothing new. Give me a sec Auntie Sandra and I'll have the list of companies for you if it hasn't been removed from the internet yet.

  • ms.peaches

    Damn thst is sad cause my son loves the kiwi strawberry & the fruit punch flavors!! I have seen that can but never payed much attention only because I don't drink store bought tea!! I heard this awhile ago as well as the Snapple, Johnson & Johnson products, the crown air freshners everyone had in there car back in the day!! & a Tennis shoe company!! so if we want to get technical it is alot of things that we should stop using!!!

  • funkyfinger54

    More racism today then ever before! I'm so not shocked. I never bought it anyway......

  • AreUForReal

    Daggit!! I wasn't able to find it. I'll see if my mother has the list from back in the day. Y'all would be shocked to see some of the companies on there like Peter Pan and Ajax. There are like 50+ companies on the list.

  • pinky2083

    Ok the company is called Arizona Ice Tea. It is not from Arizona. So before yall start bashing AZ do your research. This company is based out of OHIO!!

  • pinky2083

    Sandra I need more proof!! Here's the link. I do not see it...

    http://www.drinkarizona.com/ProductCart/pc/viewCat_P.asp?idCategory=2

  • http://www.myspace.com/birdshu Bird

    This is a hoax like so many other email hoaxes alleging racism. The packaging shown above does not exist.

    From Black Voice News Online:

    Just the other day, I received a group email stating, as a fact, that Arizona Tea was a racist company because they displayed an image of a slave woman serving tea to a White couple on a plantation on their can of Southern Style Sweet Tea. The email expressed anger and urged everyone to stop buying Arizona Tea and forward the email to everyone you knew. First I went to the market and looked for such a can of tea and couldn't find one. Next, I emailed the company and told them of the allegations. Within 10 minutes they replied expressing their opposition to racism and attached a copy of the label on the can. It turned out that the angry email was totally wrong or a hoax, yet thousands probably read and forwarded it.

    I never believe anything I get in spam email unless I can verify it. 100% of the time it has turned out to be a hoax.

  • kat

    yeah, i got that e-mail a while back too and didn't know if it was true or not. i don't drink it anyway tho.

  • http://www.smokiesays.blogspot.com/ Smokie

    I'm so sick of US believing every little internet hoax and then sending out the b.s. to a mass of folks. Thanks Bird for straightening that out, b/c 90% of us don't research JACK before jumping on the bandwagon.

  • pinkvirgo

    I have to research on this before I believe it be careful before you jump to conclusions. B/c the whole Snapple thing was an urban legend.I always try to research these e-mails by going to snopes.com unfortunately the Arizona thing isn't on there.

  • pinkvirgo

    Sorry Bird,
    I did'nt read ur post.

  • http://www.myspace.com/birdshu Bird

    My bad. It seems that the packaging the man on Black Voice News described doesn't exist. In his scenario the woman was serving the couple. But the fact is the can Sandra has posted is the actual can. I saw it on page six of the link pinky2083 posted. I can't tell what color the people are though.

    Either way, I'm not vexed. I don't find the pic offensive.

  • prettybrwngrl

    sand-n-da-rose...please get your facts straight before you start posting this stuff. for your sake i hope this is true, cause your credibility is really questionable right now.

  • pinkvirgo

    I'm suprised at Sandra for someone who used such a critical eye in the Jena 6 controversy she sure jumped on this bandwagon.lol

  • ms.peaches

    I never said I believed it I said I heard this I'm sure it may be an urban legend but either way I don't buy it!! just like Are u for real said there is a whole of stuff out there I remember this list being put out when I was in high school didn't really feed into it then but if this is the same list I can imagine how much stuff is on there!!!

  • blaqnationalism

    If you look on the website for Arizona you can clearly see the can and the depiction of plantation life......
    http://www.drinkarizona.com/ProductCart/pc/catalog/11-5oz_swt.jpg

  • http://www.myspace.com/millyly milly

    Yeah I've seen there products but I've never seen this one either.

  • no12blame

    I don't find it offensive either. Even if some idiot board member did make that statement it would probably be hard to prove in court. I would be more inclined to jump on the bandwagon if it was a picture of blacks eating chicken & watermelon & drinking the tea. Battles must be chosen carefully. This is not one I care to fight.

  • pinkvirgo

    Nevertheless the tea tastes like crap anyway.

  • niastar

    I just happen to be sitting at my desk with a bottle of sweet tea. I have to say, I never really thought about it. FYI: There is a WHITE woman on the bottle walking away from the house and a black man and white woman holding hands walking down the stairs.

  • NC_NYer

    Yeah, I got this as an email weeks ago....and have yet to see this in stores. But you know what? I'm tired of people forwarding crap on email...."Oh...it's true because it was on Oprah." 99% of email forwards are bogus - and yet, some idiots still continue to do it. I went on Arizona's site - I did find the can of sweet tea, but I have yet to actually see it in stores...If it is, it is. Like what was already said....this isn't a battle I care to fight....

  • http://TheBeatniksCelebrityGossip.com Seattle Slim

    If people got as upset about the Smooth cover featuring Trina or the "bring a white girl" party then imagine all the changes we could make.

    *SMDH*

  • plushlush

    The Plantation life was a part of southern heritage there is nothing wrong with this can. African slaves and Black americans contributed to all facets of southern living. Building plantations and creating souther cruisine. Yall always got the wrong chip on your shoulder. Get mad about the black celebrities shacking and having babies and not married destroying the black community. Go mentor an at risk youth and learn your southern culture all of it is not bad. Read We Are Your Sisters Too. Black women and white women during this time had so friendships that lasted a lifetie despite of the circumstance. Until yall fix Baltimore don't say nothing about the south. Cause yall tow up baltimore on your own...now.

  • candycane

    I got this in an email too, I was just recently at the store and saw the can and remembered the email. The lady walking away is white, so how can she be a slave. Yeah they're on a plantation, but weren't most southern homes plantations????

  • alana

    I had noticed this a while ago when I purchased some. It didnt really taste that good to me so I never got it again. The sweet tea from McDonalds tastes better.

  • blkdiamonn

    OK! I just came from the grocery store and saw this can. I picked up and closely studied it and there is absolutely no image of at all of a black woman..in fact u can barely see the color of the people on the porch, and non of them are dressed as maids, they all have on dresses. It reminds me of Savannah, Ga,if anyone has ever been, and that area is synonymous with Southern Style and hospitality.

    I'm just saying...we always makin mountains out of molehills...we truly got moer important issues to worry about in the black community than making shit up and boycotting Arizon Iced Tea. Really!!!

  • Deep Thoughts

    While this COULD BE dispecable, I'm so sick of our race looking for injustices, It simply makes us feel good, if we took the same amount of energy and focused on the "coons" who portray us negatively in our neighborhoods maybe we would see like a race to respect.

    Someone in the marketing department said "we can degrade Black people and still make money", well name 10 reasons how we don't send a message that, that is true. My Flavor of love, Ms New York watching brothers and sisters. Give Me a Break. Black men do 10 times worst to the Black womens image than anyone else could EVER do.

  • Shazza

    I'm a fan of the Arizona sweet tea and happened to have a bottle on my desk when I read this. I looked closely and there is no slave serving anybody. It's a big house with a couple standing on the porch and a woman dressed like Scarlett O'Hara walking down the path. I like this tea but I have to agree with Alana, the McDonald's sweet tea tastes better.

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    SO WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO TAKE THE MAMMY "AUNT JEMIMA" OFF OF THE SYRUP? IS IT REALLY THAT SERIOUS? IT'S NOT LIKE THIS ISN'T A TRUE PICTURE OF THE PAST. IT'S NOT LIKE THEY HAVE SOMEONE HANGING FROM A TREE. THE ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT INTERNET BLOGS AND THEIR AUDIENCE IS THE "YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME ATTITUDE!" THE MAJORITY OF THE READERS ON THE INTERNET BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT IS DISPLAYED TO THEM. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER PEOPLE. RESEARCH!

  • Dt2

    I like this tea...I dont know about the can though but this is a mess...but I am not offended though

  • http://www.weneedtostop.com 2Unruly

    This tea(& the can) has been around at least for a couple of years. I don't see the problem. This person is the first person to see this can???? Plantations were a reality and some still exist. I don't see as them promoting slavery. I would not waste my phone call or time. I think the claim is ridiculous. Now if they had some slaves on the can, that would be reckless.

  • Bsoul

    I NEVER TYPE IN ALL CAPS, BUT FOR THIS, I'LL MAKE AN EXCEPTION:

    NEVER, NEVER, EVER (UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE) LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL LESS THAN THE PERSON YOU ARE. WHO YOU ARE IS NOT DETERMINED BY WHAT OTHER THINK OF YOU AND/OR HOW THEY DEPICT YOU. ANYONE NOT LIKING ME BECAUSE OF MY ETHNICITIES CAN KISS THE BOTTOM OF MY SHOE.

    Now, if you don't like me because I annoy you, carry on...that's understandable since sometimes I can't stand myself. But, I always LOVE myself. LOL!

    Peace, Love and Sooooouuuuul!

  • Bsoul

    *Sandra, that's messed up that your goofy filter wouldn't let me type "S.H.O.E." Your goofy filter messed up my rant.
    :^(

    Bsoul will B back.

  • spongebobfan

    i been drinking this for years its in stores everywhere in philadelphia area i never noticed that label.....its fake? wow a lot of effort

  • angel

    Don't believe everything you read or hear....stop being so damn gullible. Some of ya'll immediately jumped on this as if it was fact.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bettathaniwasb4 2bme

    doesn't surprise me

  • http://xscape2xscape.com crystal

    that remind me of that TOP POP, tropical fantasy and the C&C bootleg Coke sodas that are 50Cent a bottle in the hood, (it is good when your low on cash or to wash down that pizza or lunch that ran you like 6 dollars. But wait do some of you remember when red man and method man had juice drinks? i think with snapple? and the master P BBQ potatoe chips? anyway they were salty as hell and had too much damm BBQ powder on them, they made you go uhhhhhhhhhh hell na na na.

    Never seen those chips in the Midtown Manhattan stores.

  • hmm

    Ok I drink this tea faithfully. When I saw this I immediately pulled my gallon out of the fridge and looked very closely. As I mentioned I have a gallon so my picture is bigger. I completely agree with #30. No where on here is a slave, maid, or black person. If anything all three people are white! I agree that we need to stop trying to find every little thing and make an issue out of it. I could see if it really was a slave on there, but it's not. When we do things like this we further create the divide between whites and blacks. Plantations still exist, even if there is no longer slavery. Old houses still exist like that in the south and people get paid to re-enact that period. All this picture are doing is showing a classical view of the south and not necessarily a plantation.

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Thank you all for judging for yourselves! This is why I say my readers are the most intelligent in the blogosphere! :) The consensus is that this is a hoax.

  • ReadTheBlog

    Never seen the can before in my life...

  • ReadTheBlog

    Oh, and also, it be nice if we used our energy to fight something that mattered...

  • Goliano

    Next you'll be wantin' me to give up my Aunt Jemima Waffles, Mrs. Butterworth's Syrup and Uncle Ben's Converted Rice... ain't hap'nin, captain.

  • sharnell

    Okay, I do not post to blogs, but I had to respond. pinky2083 posted a link for the Arizona site. If you look on page 6 this label is shown on the bottle and can product. So, Sandra look look again.

  • http://notenoughrealmen.blogspot.com 2thick4u

    I was about to say...READ your comments and looked for myself...once again Sandra wrong!!!

  • FlyGemini

    I''ll chime in and say I happened to see the can in the fridge at the gas station, and the picture is so little you can barely tell what color any of the people are. But from the little I could see, the lady looked white to me. I hope people weren't dumb enough to call that number lol

    Sandra, you should be ashamed of yourself for posting this without checking for yourself!

  • jamil2008

    I just called the number he gave for the Arizona company. You guys should hear the tone that was used in giving the "press statement" about the can cover. My thing is, they could have used any other "southern" image and it would have been tasteful-maybe. But to pick a plantation out of all things southern is truly an insult. In their response, instead of apologizing for there insensitivity, the Arizona rep tries to rationalize it. BOYCOTT ARIZONA!!!!!!NOT JUST THE TEA BUT ALL GOODS THAT COMPANY DISTRIBUTES!!!!!!