Thursday, November 14, 2013

Racism in Martine children's books.

When racism is talked about in cartoons the most famous example is usually Tintin au Congo (where Tintin, like a good colonialist teaches the children about their country... "Belgium!).

Or Tom & Jerry in black face....
But it is interesting, the ubiquitous oh-so-innocent Martine gets left out of it. When for once a black character made an appearance, it was "Cacao" her doll, who throughout the story "Martine en voyage" actually kept carrying Martine's luggage and so forth.
In later editions Cacao was renamed Annie, but how much can you change a book? After all, Cacao/Annie was still "left holding the bag"... Or the luggage in this case.
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