Beige Bandages Are Racist?

By Susan Jones | August 12, 2015 | 11:03am EDT
Rescued migrants stand on a deck of the Swedish Coast Guard ship at the harbor in Messina, Italy, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Tens of thousands of them are fleeing violence in their home countries in the Middle East and Africa. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

A major pharmacy chain in Sweden plans to offer a range of adhesive bandages for darker skin tones as part of an effort to reduce racial discrimination, The Local, Sweden's English-language newspaper, reported on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman told the newspaper that Apoteket, the pharmacy chain, has been considering the plan for some time and hopes to "have something in place by the end of the year."

She called the plan "unusual" and said she had "never heard of anything like this in any other countries."

Earlier this week, a Swedish blogger complained that Apoteket was contributing to racism by offering only beige-toned "plasters" on its shelves. (Plasters are British-speak for what Americans commonly call bandaids. Band-Aid is a brand name.)  

According to The Local, Sweden currently takes in more asylum-seekers per capita than any other EU nation, many of those refugees from Syria, Somalia, Libya, and Eritrea.

Adhesive bandages come in many colors and patterns in the United States; those designed for darker skin tones are also available online.

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