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Thread: Pippi Longstocking and 6 other supposedly racist children's characters

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    Re: Pippi Longstocking and 6 other supposedly racist children's characters

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    I agree with those two. I'm still wondering what the racist themes of Pippi Longstocking actually are
    Good God, who knows? All I know is that in the article it mentions that the Smurfs have been accused of being racist too. The SMURFS!

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    Re: Pippi Longstocking and 6 other supposedly racist children's characters

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I suppose I would divide the discussion in two, myself. Are they racist is one consideration. Should they be banned is another.

    There are varying degrees of racism in many oft these books, but instead of banning them and relegating them to the dustbin of history, why not use them as illustrative, instead? By turning racist stereotypes into learning tools, a teacher can combat racism rather than promote it, and by doing so, can work to undo such stereotypes by placing them into their proper historical context.
    as I stated previously, this is the approuch of Disney is their newer cartoon anthologies. opening up their more controversial work with a small outline of the historical and social content, then veering into a larger discussion on such things as racism

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