Saturday, February 28, 2009

Geeking the racists!

Weekly Geeks themes: Political and Social Issues.

Here I take Racism in books.

At the time, use of the term Negro was standard and so was nigger, a common colloquialism. In the modern reprints golliwogs were replaced with teddy bears or goblins. Enid Blyton has also been accused of being sexist.

The original illustrations by Bannerman showed a caricatured Southern Indian or Tamil child. The story may have contributed to the use of the word "sambo" as a racial slur.

Tintin in the Congo has often been criticised as having racist and colonialist views, as well as several scenes of violence against animals. The depiction of Africans was felt by some to be racist with exaggerated features and signs of very low intelligence.