Remember when your mother used to tell you to eat your vegetables and you turned up your nose in disgust? Could it be you didn’t want to eat them because the veggies promoted racism?
Let me explain.
Recently, a California University held an “Annual Whiteness Forum”.
During the forum, which is an extension of a class titled “The Communication of Whiteness,” it was decided by the students in attendance that the Christian children’s cartoon “VeggieTales” promoted racism.
The 1993 animated cartoon which always ended with Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber’s tagline, “Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much” was seen as anything but good by the students.
Students claimed that the cartoon was “dangerous” and promoted racial stereotypes for making the villains colored.
In fact, one female student made the claim that by humanizing vegetables, the creators of VeggieTales were using the children’s programming to promote racial stereotypes by making the villains racial minorities.”
I guess those villains she’s talking about were “spinach” or “broccoli” or other unpopular veggies most kids hate to eat?
The female student who headed up the project claimed that the evil characters sounded ethnic or Latino, while the good characters sounded white.
Now who’s being stereotypical?
A poster titled, “Children in the church” at the University forum aims to get the message across about how the cartoon harms children.
The poster states in part:
“When supremacists aim to taint the way children think of people of color, it will work.” “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.”
Wasn’t the Bible written about people living in the Middle East at the time who were “brown” in color?
Anyway, Eric Metaxas, a best-selling author and former “VeggieTales” writer and narrator, gave his take on the forum’s “rationale.”
“All vegetables are part of one race, even though they are of many colors. They are all descended from the same parents — the Adam and Eve of vegetables, who foolishly ate a forbidden fruit (irony?) and screwed everything up for all vegetables descended from them,” “At least I’m pretty sure that’s the story.”
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