Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

The Little Mermaid: Hidden Racism?????

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Does Sebastian fit an African American stereotype? In this film, a Jamaican-sounding crab teaches Ariel that life is better “Under the Sea,” because underwater you don’t have to get a job. Are we reading too much into it?

Then lets not forget about the when the “black fish” appears that was drawn to look like a Pickaninny? Once again, Are we reading too much into it? We discussed this in AFA 2000 class when I was a freshman.


Written by porterd06

November 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm

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  1. Definitely looking too much into it. You find what you’re looking for, and if you’re looking for racism in cartoons.. that’s what you’ll get.


    November 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

  2. I don’t know, there are two sides to every story. I feel like you can find racism in places where it may not really exist, but this is odd. Especially considering all of the racist undertones Disney has been accused of. I doubt very highly that all of them are fabricated out of nothing.


    December 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm

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