Most Racist Book I've Read.

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  1. Davess
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    Today i sat down and read the Charlie and the Chocolate factory 1940-60ish version.

    I was surprised when i reached page 67, the oompa loompas where described as, "Minature Pygmies, skin was almost black"

    Later in the book, "'Hello there' said wonka speaking oompa loompa. 'I found them in the jungles of Africa; i went father than any white man has been before. i found them in the trees, all they would eat is green Caterpillars (which taste disgusting), which they mushed up in mush. they spiced it with red beetles and ecylutive(?) leaves. they love cocoa beans, however they could find just about 4 per year. so i shipped them 3000 and all, in large containers."

    Innocence?

    Davess

    Ps. I read this because my babash (Grandma) gave it to me.
     
  2. Sir-Fritz

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    Alot of older books have things that these days would be considered racist and/or political correctness. Alot of Enid Blyton stuff suffers from this.
     
  3. Slyakin

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    It was in the movie too, but they changed them to orange to eliminate any relations... I think.

    By movie, I mean the original.
     
  4. 0ddity

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    Read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
     
  5. injected11

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    There are even tons of old racist Mickey Mouse cartoons.
     
  6. 0ddity

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    And Merry Melodies.
     
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    Don't forget Walt Disney hated the jews. [​IMG]
     
  8. Slyakin

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    And mice. And black people. And foreign people.
     
  9. TwinRetro

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    A book before the Civil rights movement is racist.


    yeah, this is non-news.
     
  10. Devante

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    How is calling someone's skin almost black racist? ha

    Don't get brainwashed my media constant barrage of white guilt. :/
     
  11. Tanas

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    I cant believe that you think that this is even an issue.

    You cant get any more of a racist title than this and I guarantee you that Agatha Christie wasnt a racist.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. p1ngpong

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    Well even well after the civil rights movement the pygmy references remained and were even illustrated.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Luckily the 1971 film chose to completely change the Oompa-Loompas to what we are all used to today. I doubt it would have been as palatable now if they didn't.
     
  13. misteromar

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    I see no racism in the text.
     
  14. Ossot

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    If this is the most racist literature you've ever read, you're not well read at all, or only have experience with very contemporary texts.
     
  15. Veho

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    I don't get it. How is it racist?
     
  16. Overlord Nadrian

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    Ironically, the second picture is far more racist than the first one, as it doesn't show any black people on purpose.
     
  17. Crimson Phantom

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    It's not racist, it's just pointing out the fact that people used to ship Black people over to their own country as slaves ¬_¬
     
  18. p1ngpong

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    It may not be be directly racist but it certainly is offensive. It was offensive enough so that the original text was changed to be less so. To paraphrase.

    "Hey so I went to Africa and found some midget black people who lived in trees. They only ate bugs. I captured them and shipped them off to my factory to work for me for free and gave them all the bugs they could possibly want to eat."

    You guys dont see something a little wrong with that?
     
  19. Javacat

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    Lovecraft is like.. a billion times more awesomely and amusingly racist. He was American though, so it isn't really too surprising. I also love the name of one of his cats, ni**er-man [​IMG]



    Dahl on the other hand was.. odd...
     
  20. Jamstruth

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    Technically it shouldn't be any more disturbing than finding a troupe of Orange people and doing that to them. Of course orange people don't exist so its slightly better.