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Thu, Jan 31, 2013 4:06 PM EST
Tags:  Coca-Cola

Need something to talk about during the commercials on Super Bowl Sunday? This may come in handy right after a Coca-Cola commercials airs: University of Virginia history professor Grace Elizabeth Hale points out in a New York Times op-ed that Coca-Cola kept their products away from African-Americans for years. While Pepsi deliberately marketed to black customers. In the NYT op-ed titled ["When Jim Crow Drank Coke,"](http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/opinion/when-jim-crow-drank-coke.html?...) Hale writes about Coca-Cola co-founder Asa G. Candler and why the company kept its drinks away from customers of color: