Posts Tagged ‘Racist’

We think we are racist – but what do we mean?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Seventy-six per cent of responses gathered by TV3’s The Vote last Wednesday night agreed with the proposition that New Zealand was a racist country. But views are divided however on whether the problem is a lack of tolerance across the board or white institutional racism against people of colour. At a Conference on Racism convened Read more

Tintin: Racist in Congo, hero at Vatican

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The Vatican’s official newspaper has come to the defence of boy hero Tintin.

The book Tintin in the Congo, has been placed in the adult section of British bookstores after being branded racist for its depiction of Africans.

The book, published by Egmont, has a protective band around it and warns that its portrayal of Africans as wide-eyed simpletons would offend some readers and was based on “the bourgeois, paternalistic stereotypes of the period.”

However, the idea that Tintin, the fearless journalist with the funny hair, could be racist is merely the imagining of an “integralist political correctness,” says the Holy See’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

The paper called the boy reporter, a creator of Belgian artist Herge, a Catholic hero.


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