When the children are reunited around the fire in Peter Pan in order to learn about the North-American Indians history, we receive a beautiful explanation about the Redskins. Why do the natives say "how"? According to the song, it's because they're keen to learn (how? how?). That's ok. Why are their skins red? Let's talk about birth myths: once upon a time, a young native girl kissed a white man, and he became embarrassedly blushed -- since then, the red color became a part of his DNA. You see, it was a supernatural event that changed the "common" color of the (white) man into other color. Below, you can hear the song.
Before Karate Kid and Jackie Chan movies, Asians were popularly represented by a single way: laundry owners, a little bit on illegal conditions and speaking an awful "Engrish". Well, in 199, this time had not passed for Disney, as at this Chip'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode, the two squirrels are involved on a ruby stealing and go to Chinatown, where they meet a Chinese cats' gang (better, Chip is who knows the gang, as he had excused his less smart brother of the mission). The most dangerous members are two Siamese cat which speak together on an irritant way; the trading between the ruby thief and the felines concerns about the Juice Lee Japanese fish sale, an extraordinary fighter, for a dead fish valise. No one distinguish the offensive irony.
The black people
Spectacular chapter of Disney education, the prejudice against Afro-Americans appears on several movies and books of the company. Some of them transmit the message so clearly that don't need further comments. One example is the Sunflower female centaur sequence of 1940's beautiful and magic Fantasia -- at the video's new release, she was withdrawn, on a deliberate attempt of under rug swept the things. A stereotype African female centaur appears polishing the foot nails (the foot nails!) of the Caucasian female centaur, or the Aryan female centaur, at the opportune language of that time.
But the racist trophy goes to Uncle Remus and the Song of the South. Imagine that, after holocaust, the Jews go running through the fields singing that nothings happened, that the sun shines and birds colorfully fly. That's what the sequence wants to show through the Uncle Remus, who tells the folkloric Br'er Rabbit Tales and the tar baby. By themselves, the 1870 Joel Harris' tales was already some kind of perniciousness; but Disney, in 1946, would show the things on funny and light mood, with Uncle Remus speaking about the beautiful things of life on cotton fields at the end of the American Civil War: nothing bad had ever happened, we're nice, let's dance. The actor James Baskett could not be the release party of the movie for reasons out of our knowledge. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!
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