Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

The Color of Friendship

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The other day my friend showed me this Disney movie called The Color of Friendship. I’m sure info about it is readily available online if anyone wants to look it up, but basically it is about a white South African girl who has lived most of her life surrounded by extremely racist practices in South Africa and then becomes an exchange student in the United States. While I know the writers at Disney are only trying to convey a message to young kids (and probably help the cause of eliminating discrimination in the long run), a lot of the attempts that Disney makes to teach appear to be scenes that only the most stereotype-based writers could imagine. We have discussed questionable behavior from Disney on this blog before, so I won’t get into that, but the fact that it has come up before just makes this movie even more offensive. In one scene, the main character witnesses something happen in the United States between a white man and a black man at a restaurant. The main character sees how friendly the entire series of events is and flashes back to a scene taking place in South Africa in which the same thing happens but the white man flips out and kicks the black man. It almost seemed to me that Disney was trying to convey that they think everything is fine with regards to racial interaction in America, and at the same time it seemed like the scene that took place in South Africa could only have been imagined by the most stereotypical and discriminatory writers.


Written by iAnsw3R

April 4, 2010 at 3:50 am

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  1. Oh my gosh. Disney can be so ignorant sometimes lol. I think it’s so ironic that they supposedly intend to help racial conditions by making films like this for children, but they take two steps back with their stereotyping. My problem with their approach, including the vibe I got from Princess and the Frog, is that they not only stereotype, but they sugar coat the true nature of racial relations in our society. It doesn’t help anything.


    April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

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