View Poll Results: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

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  • No, that would infringe on free speech

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  • They should be banned from schools

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  • Older literature with outdated racial portrayals should have warning labels

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  • All literature should carry ratings for racist content, similar to movie ratings

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    Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    This is an interesting case. It takes place in Belgium and concerns the old character Tintin. Apparently, some are offended by the book Tintin in the Congo and was written in the late 1920s. There's a good BBC video along with the article.

    There's has been similar talk about Huckleberry Finn. I do believe it's been banned from some schools. What do you all think? I'm speaking of your general view of this issue, not specifically related to Belgium vs U.S. laws on free speech, but what how YOU think free speech should be applied in this type of scenario.

    BBC News - Belgian bid to ban 'racist' Tintin in the Congo

    A Congolese man is trying to get a controversial Tintin book banned in the cartoon star's home country of Belgium.

    The ginger sleuth's "little (black) helper" in Tintin in the Congo is seen as "stupid and without qualities", Bienvenu Mbutu is quoted as saying.

    "It makes people think that blacks have not evolved," said Mr Mbutu, who lives in Belgium.

    A court is to rule on whether the book can be sold in Belgium and, if so, whether it should carry a warning.

    Although it was scheduled for Wednesday, the verdict has been delayed and is now expected on 5 May.
    The book has already attracted much criticism for its crude racial stereotypes.

    Three years ago, the UK's Commission for Racial Equality called for the book to be banned, saying it contained imagery and words of hideous racial prejudice.

    A black woman is featured in the book bowing before Tintin and exclaiming: "White man very great. White mister is big juju man!"
    Tintin

    Written in the late 1920s, it was the second Tintin adventure created by Herge, who later said it was a youthful sin which reflected the prejudices of the time.

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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    Of course it shouldn't be banned. People can write what they want, even if it's racist. People need to learn to toughen up a bit.
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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    We have this thing in this country called freedom of speech,so no books should not be banned.
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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    I don't think it should be banned. However I'm not opposed to schools deciding not to have it as some kind of required or recommend reading.

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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    His name is Bienvenu? Mr. Bienvenu? Mr. Welcome? Hahahahahahahahaha.

    Either way, Belgian prejudice of Africans is nothing new and Herge is correct in saying it 'reflects' the prejudice at the time he wrote them. Specially when one considers the work of Leopold in the Congo. I do not think it should be banned but it should come with a warning label that there are racial stereotypes and offensive subject matter in the book. I've read some of the Tintin books and they are infested with racism. Asterix and Obelix are IMO far better in terms of story telling and artwork.
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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    Who decides what is Racist and under whose criteria is the charge of racism to be made.

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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Who decides what is Racist and under whose criteria is the charge of racism to be made.
    Uh. It is safe to say that when you draw a cartoon and the majority of African characters are drawn as crude - pun intended - carbon copies of each other - your book has racist undertones.



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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    You're only going to increase the amount of people who buy the books if you ban them.
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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Who decides what is Racist and under whose criteria is the charge of racism to be made.
    Obviously, White folk are fair game. Only traditionally underprivileged groups get to cry foul, duh . Unless they are Jewish, then you can call them Nazis if they are the majority group in their own nation and deal harshly with terrorists and their allies...

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    Re: Should books, comics, or magazines deemed 'racist' be banned?

    No, of course not. First Amendment and all.

    From schools? Generally yes. However, the case of Huckleberry Finn shows why a shallow reading can be dangerous. It uses racist words, yes - to criticize racism. It's one of the most important, insightful works against racism in American literature.

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