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White Power in Turkey

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White Power Toothpaste from Turkey

I buy the cheapest toothpaste that I can possibly find as a rule. I cannot help but to think that is all the same stuff, regardless of how different the boxes may seem. The bottom shelf is where I find must of the items that I buy, and the cost range of toothpaste often varies by 300 to 400% between the most expensive and least so.

A month ago I picked up some cheap toothpaste in Turkey without really looking at it. For this past month I have used it everyday without reading what was written upon the tube. Upon finishing it I went to throw it in the trash, but before I did so the following words caught my attention:

“White Power”

Yes, the phrase “White Power” was printed on my tube of toothpaste superimposed over a very white family with sparkling white teeth.

I could only imagine the riot that this toothpaste would cause if it were marketed in the USA:

“We were only talking about teeth, no seriously, white power for your teeth!”

Perhaps to save the Western world a race riot sparked from a mere tube of toothpaste, I securely tossed it away into a waste basket in Syria. Don’t worry America, there will be no Toothpaste Riots while I’m on watch.

It is funny how various English language phrases are co-opted and used in different circumstances all over the world.

White Power Toothpaste from Turkey

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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