Thursday, December 13, 2018

VeggieTales Labeled "Dangerous"

                Our colleges and universities are populated by vegetables… or at least by those who imbue them with too much meaning. A group of students at Cal State San Marcos’ “Annual Whiteness Forum” believe the Christian children’s cartoon “VeggieTales” promotes racial stereotypes and labeled it “dangerous.”
                One female student claimed that, by humanizing vegetables, the popular show’s creators were really using the animated cartoon to promote stereotypes by making the villains racial minorities. She made a poster titled “Children in the Church” which reads, “When supremacists aim to taint the way children think of people of color, it will work.” Her “work” also states: “Whiteness in the Bible isn’t just seen as ‘power’ it’s seen as ‘good.’ When kids see the good white character triumph over the bad person of color character they are taught that white is right and minorities are the source of evil.”
                Biblical “whiteness” stands for purity and righteousness, Ms. Marple, not racial discrimination.
                The forum is an adjunct to Professor Dreama Moon’s (!) class titled “The Communication of Whiteness,” in which students also called various other things and people racist, including the NFL and women who supported Donald Trump. If the NFL is racist, it’s reverse racism, as about 70% of those in the league today are black. (And 100% of them are wealthy, at least by any objective standard). As for female Trump supporters, they voted against a woman, not a person of color. Maybe they’re not racist, but not sexist, either? Maybe they think for themselves, not as others tell them they have to think. Maybe they like Trump’s policies. Or maybe they just like his hair.

                But, I digress.

                Each episode of VeggieTales ended with Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber saying, “Remember kids, God made you special and He loves you very much.” It did not end with them saying, “Remember white kids, God made you special and He loves you very much.” Neither Bob nor Larry are white. They are, in fact, vegetables of color. Larry is green. Bob is red.

    As should be the faces of those labeling VeggieTales racist or dangerous.


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