Jun. 6th, 2013

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I had never heard of the Paul Robeson variety of tomatoes, but was intrigued when I saw the plants at the Davis Square Farmers Market, so I bought some to set out.  When I looked them up, I learned that they were bred in Siberia and are considered an heirloom variety (why?) in the grouping of black tomatoes.  Along with Cherokee purple, for example.  A brief search through the Yo, is this racist? site   www.yoisthisracist.com  does not reveal any previous discussions of racist plant names, but I could have missed it.   It's nice that people want to pay tribute to PR, but that the person chose to give his name to a "black" tomato makes me a little uncomfortable.  I guess the Siberia/time Robeson spent in Russia connection makes sense, though. 

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