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WASP, gratefully appropriating cultures from all over.

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  1. 3 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Re: Song of the South — when I was in grade school (1960s) our teacher read us the adventures of Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Bear. The dialogue didn’t promote any racism among us. We understood the point of the Tar Baby and Briar Patch story. And now multiple generations have lost Song of the South, with a beloved and genial host who made Morgan Freeman look like a contract player, and made these stories accessible to children of any race.

  2. 3 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Re: Huck Finn — Somehow, the name “Formerly Enslaved Person Jim” just doesn’t cut it as a phrase a nineteenth century ignorant cracker kid would use in normal conversation.

  3. 3 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Re: Little Black Sambo — isolated white children, if they were exposed to the story, saw a charming adventure of a little boy Just Like Them! (I decided to actually read the book as a grandparent and non-teaching education professional.) It may be less relevant now, but it was hardly an expression of racism when it was published.

  4. 3 days ago on Prickly City

    Of course, the federation Prime Directive had more holes in it than the three laws of robotics. Which is why it was necessarily broken with every encounter with other civilizations (I almost called them aliens, but actually it was us that were those). Any interaction with another civilization will affect both participants.

  5. 17 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    On what basis do you claim the American Left is anti-communist?

  6. 27 days ago on Prickly City

    Huh. I remember when prickly city was right-wing.

  7. about 2 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Nice one - right or left-wingers can both cheer for that one, as long as “they” refers to left- or right-wingers.

  8. 3 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Some (y)ears ago, Pastis was confronted by his characters noting that Pig, Goat, and Zeeba are essentially the same drawing, cluding torso and arms. Only differences are in nose length and tail composition. The judgment (by the PBS characters) was that Stephan can’t draw.

  9. 4 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I’m ashamed that I laughed out loud at that one.

  10. 4 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Kids need a lot more of DBS, and a lot less (as in “none”) of the “you showed up, you breathed, and we gave you a phony award” philosophy that has floated to the top of educational psychology.