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  •  Sambo was one of my grandmother's favorites. (2+ / 0-)
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    Powell, bmcphail

    Along with Uncle Remus (featuring Br'er Rabbit and Tar Baby), and The Five Chinese Brothers.  I remember her reading them to me, and I loved the stories.  It was in the early '60s.  Appallingly racist in retrospect, but I remember being in awe of most of the characters, especially the Chinese brothers -- I thought they were the coolest dudes ever.  

    •  I have mixed feelings about Br'er Rabbit (1+ / 0-)
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      The stories have been buried in layers of racism but I don't think the original intent was racist nor the stories themselves.

      We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

      by bmcphail on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:45:58 PM PST

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      •  It's hard to separate the intent from the (0+ / 0-)

        environment of discourse.  Given the science and economics and social power distribution of the time, I don't see how anyone could have NOT been racist, even those who were fully aware of it and tried to fight it head-on.  Even the great works that offered the most powerful indictments of race relations -- like Uncle Tom's Cabin, Max Havelär, or Noli mi tangere -- embodied precisely the attitudes that they attempted to undermine.  

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