Yehuda News, August 29, 2006:
The world's top artists have established new criteria for what may be considered "valid" colors, and the result is that indigo no longer makes the cut.
"Everyone has always knows that there's no real color between blue and violet," said John Monochrome, of the Geneva Institute of Color Research. "What the heck is indigo, anyway? We just added it so that we could pronounce 'ROYGBIV'"
The new criteria includes only colors that are main colors in the primary and secondary color wheel. That includes red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and purple (violet), but excludes nuanced colors such as indigo and pink, as well as non-visible colors such as infrared and ultraviolet.
These other colors are now called "colorettes".
The decision was reached after several years of vigorous debate. The proposal that was rejected would have kept indigo as a color, and also would have added many other colors, such as ochre and burnt umber. Some minority leaders have criticized the decision as racially motivated.
"Indigo was rejected so that burnt umber would be rejected," said the Rev Jesse Jackson. "Once again we see the colored man being left out."
Indigo, which was discovered in 1678 by Whiskey MacFleddon, an Irish poet, stood together with the other major colors for the last 330 years. The old acronym for the colors - ROYGBIV - will have to be relearned by schoolchildren around the world.
Some teachers and color purists say that they will continue to recognize indigo as a color, despite its new demoted status.
"Indigo has been a part of our lives for hundreds of years, and it's not going to go away just because some egg headed artists have decided otherwise," said Ginney MacFleddon, a schoolteacher in Ireland. "Now excuse me while I go barf in the petunias."