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Thursday, May 12, 2016

WR - essay on RACE relations and cultural relativity

WR  275 words on the topics  Distorted perceptions? they are racist, neither are us.

What has caused that large divergence in attitudes? How can certain portrayals of black people be blatant racism in one country and totally matter-of-fact in another?  

Can we still play with semantics and words as in Marx quote: "Include me out!", Groucho of course ?

Taking the topic with a stern face, think of Media, TV series, woman in power, confronting power, etc in your country.  Include these:

  •  a question for the reader, 
  • a couple of examples, 
  • a quotation and 
  • a powerful ending. 

info 1. Have you heard about this picture on the right (piece of news ,CNN )

Upon visiting a corner store in Malaga we were shocked to discover a Sambo statue at the check out section. After further research these videos and screen shots show that this company has been spreading racial hatred towards African people since 1961. Lets End Racism. Many friends of ours cry when they see images like these while thousands if not millions of people see this propaganda as harmless.

info 2. 

Read the entry from a mag article:
a) the publicity for the theatre show Cómeme el coco, negro festooned the streets of the city, the sides of buses and walls of metro stations, portraying a cartoonish black face with a wide-mouthed grin and large white lips. The show, by Catalan company La Cubana, was a revival of a production they put on when they formed over 25 years ago. “It would be a lie to say that Spain isn’t racist, but it’s not this,” the director of the Cubana company said,  “The problem isn’t with us, it’s with you.” 
b) Ana Arango, an anthropologist from Colombia who has lived in Barcelona for three years,  wrote in her blog in November 2007  " the image is a characterisation that ridicules the African aesthetic, done by a company that isn’t African."
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