David Barbeler: News.com.au | September 26, 2008
AN anti-racism campaigner says Coon cheese is next on his hit-list after the Queensland Government ruled a grandstand being rebuilt in the state’s south would not be renamed after E.S. “Nigger” Brown.
Toowoomba Sports Ground Trust chairman John McDonald said yesterday that while the grandstand bearing Brown’s name was to be demolished in coming days as part of an upgrade, the “N word” would be used on a plaque or statue at the new ground.
But late yesterday, Sports Minister Judy Spence ruled it would be inappropriate to use the racist term in any way.
Toowoomba academic Stephen Hagan, who campaigned against the name for almost a decade and even took his case to the United Nations, said his celebrations would be shortlived.
Mr Hagan said today he would now focus on fighting Dairy Farmers’ Coon cheese.
“Initially, Dairy Farmers said it was named after Edward Coon, who revolutionised the speeding process of making cheese,” he said.
“But I’ve questioned the authenticity of that story.”
Mr Hagan, said the cheese, formerly manufactured by Kraft, used to have a black wraparound and was named Coon as a joke.
“I want Dairy Farmers to show me the evidence of Edward Coon being honoured an honorary doctorate and what year he received that honorary doctorate,” he said.
“If they can prove to me that Edward Coon was a famous cheesemaker, I will drop my campaign.
“If they can’t do it, I’m going to fight them all the way, just like I did with Nigger Brown.”
Left the following comment at the News.com.au website.
Isn’t this the same idiot that tried to have the term “short black” banned when referring to a particular style of coffee?
Update August 2011: I now refuse to purchase or consume Coon Cheese, as I have since discovered it be Halal. If you are looking for a non-Halal product, I suggest Devondale Cheese.