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    they are loved or not? that is not the claim.

    interesting point on those characters. even then, the characters are marginalized and treated with suspicion on the show...especially problematic with michonne.

    how fans respond to the characters is irrelevant to what we are exploring here unless you want to talk about fandom and reception. even then, be careful when talking in such general terms as "fans" are not a homogeneous mass who all agree.

    overt use of racist language has little to do with analyzing the broader racial codes, tropes, and symbols at work in the show's metanarrative.

    •  Have you ever considered the setting? (0+ / 0-)

      Rick and his crew were marginalized and treated with suspicion last season on the farm. White people afraid of white people. Where was the calls of racism then? The apocalyptic setting has more to do with paranoia then any racism. 'I have to protect my own instead of trusting a stranger who will steal my stuff.'

      How come fans POV do not matter? They are the ones watching the show. If the show was supposed to be secretly passing of racist ideals to the unwitting masses, then don't ya think that that the racist characters would get more love? Don't ya think if the show portrayed black people like animals then maybe no one would like them? It doesn't matter show sending secret codes if no one listening.  

      Which brings me to the next point. This is one of the few shows with an interracial relationship that is featured vary prominently. Shouldn't the show be following the secret racial codes that say that all Asians are smart math wizzes or something dumb like that? Instead it portrayed him as strong,  beating up the redneck villain.  

      Can you please sow some examples of these racial codes, tropes, and symbols? Because I fail to see any. You would be better off writing this about Revenge, where the only black person on the show is a over glorified personal assistant and the only Asian is a stereotypical characterization of a karate master.

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