what…mexico has a monkey-boy too?

July 10, 2008 at 4:42 pm (anti-racism, chiapas)

yep.  and wal-mart has decided to honor the racist comic books about a little monkey boy named: negro.  of course mexico does…no matter how many times mexicans in chiapas tried to convince me that there was no racism in mexico…i knew differently…

sometimes you can just feel it in the air…as boys are yelling negra to you from passing cars…

Though it seems clear that a comic book featuring a “Negro” monkey-boy is offensive, Mexican dignitaries think otherwise. Not only have they defended the country’s love for the comic book figure, they also issued a stamp in commemoration of Memin Pinguin in 2005. To the critics from the North, they say, because Americans don’t understand the culture, they have no right to object to the character.

I beg to differ. In the 1950s and ’60s, when the U.S. made headlines for its Jim Crow policies, dignitaries from a range of countries spoke out about segregation, refusing to kowtow to the notion that Jim Crow was simply the Southern (American) way of life, a way of life they couldn’t grasp. The same went for our “peculiar institution” of slavery. And the same goes for Memim Pinguin.


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