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Jungle Book - Racist?

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Jungle Book - Racist?

Agatha Christie and Rudyard Kipling have made Britain nation of 'passive racists', says John Barnes ...
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But John Barnes has blamed authors such as Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling and Edgar Rice Burroughs for making Britain a country of ‘passive racists’.

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The father of seven told the audience that ‘passive racism is inherent in all of us’ because of ‘preconceived ideas’ planted through books and films.

Anyone know what he's on about. Never read Jungle Book but saw the Disney version many times when my daughter was little - neither of us even gave racism a thought.
Also enjoyed the Tarzan films but, again, racism was furthest from my mind.

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Re: Jungle Book - Racist?

Beats me Huh
Some people seem determined to find racism wherever they can.
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Re: Jungle Book - Racist?

More to the point how many modern children/young adults have actually read the books
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I think it depends more on what views and environment you are exposed to as a child. I Could see some situations where a child might get the impression that a particular race was in some way superior to another.
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Im a child from another era brought on Kipling and Ryder Haggard  of "King Solomon's Mines" fame
has anyone read the "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad! Its classical fiction but doesn't fit well with today's politically correct view on racism
my geography books at school were full of happy sheep farmers in Australia, lumberjacks in Canada and banana, cocoa and oil palm growers in Nigeria and Ghana!
With my "bigoted" mind I have had a successful career working in Cameroon, Nigeria, Peru, Pakistan among others and now am gainfully employed in Saudi Arabia!
My view on a lot of our younger generation is that they know and accept everything they are told about racism but have not experienced enough of the world to fully understand what is behind what they see on the media. And there is an industry dependant on not expressing any views outside the accepted dogma.  Lips are sealed
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More to the point how many modern children/young adults have actually read the books

I understand the more appropriate wording might be "read any books"
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Ryder Haggard  of "King Solomon's Mines" fame

Read King Solomon's Mines again recently, still has the magic!  Grin
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I doubt that those authors made Britain anything. Their writings were of their times. What was judged appropriate in the past may not be judged appropriate now and vice versa.
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I love Agatha Christie books, but she was of her time, and wrote clichéd characters = all her women were stay at home middle class  - servants were a bit on the thick side - Americans were all loud and called Hymer etc.  The books didn't make modern Britain, they just reflected the mind set of the people at the time they were written.
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I would endorse what the last two posters have written.
I've recently been indulging in a little nostalgia watching series 1 of the 70s TV programme 'Minder'. It's stood the test of time well, but some of it is very non-PC - from the attitude towards ethnic minorities to the quantity of tobacco smoke in the air. But it's only reflecting how society was back then.
One would like to think that history teaches us where we went wrong - but that can't happen if it's airbrushed.
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Some people seem determined to find racism wherever they can.

That just about sums up what I think on the matter.
I think those that see racism everywhere they look are the real racists.
Oh for the times of my innocent youth when I used to say to my friend hi blacky and the reply was hi whitey.
They were just statements of fact with no racism implied or intended. It was just the time we lived in.
Nowadays kids can't even play cowboys and indians. No son they're native Americans and you can't have a gun until you grow up.
Racism is used as a blunt instrument by many who should know better. It also ends up paralysing police action and going some way to protecting the wrong people as in the recent Pakistani child abuse cases.