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  1. Reading a number of posts on Tintin, everyone seems to come back to this same point: Tintin is an historical document, we shouldn’t be offended by it, and should even welcome it as instructive.

    Which leads me to some questions (some of which I addressed in a post at http://theorymyculture.wordpress.com):

    1. What does it mean that one enjoys a book that is so racist? This is a serious question. There are many books from which to choose, yet one chooses racist material? Huh?

    2. You say that “that is how people thought back then.” Which people? Obviously, you’re universalizing white Europeans. Africans and black people across the world didn’t think like that, so it is worth reflecting on the “everyone” word here…a bad habit? Worth examining.

    3. Why shouldn’t we judge history? Colonialism murdered tens of millions of people. King Leopold’s rule over the Congo – important because the Tintin in question was written by a white Belgian about Congo – murdered half the population. Read Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost. It might make you less nonchalant about history. I guess I feel perfectly confident in condemning colonialism and its attitudes.

    4. Why is Border’s required to sell racist material? There is real harm. It makes people feel like shit. Check out:

    http://mp285.com

    for some thoughts on that. But the real question is why we should get uptight about Borders saying “no, we don’t want to sell that shit.” What does it say about “us” when we ask a business to sell such material, especially in the kids section? (I know you’re not saying that.) But even in the “adult” section. Why do we want it there? Why this sudden “we must preserve history!” rally amongst so many who haven’t seemed so interested in such preservation until their childhood books are threatened?

    Isn’t that what libraries are for, archives and the like?

    John
    July 14th, 2007 at 12:36 pm
  2. Colonialism murdered millions of people ??? Come one, what a joke ! Slavery, intertribal wars, cannibalism, have been stopped by colonialism !
    And above all, infant mortality !
    After 40 years since the end of colonialsims, not much has evolved in Africa despite it is the wealthiest continent in term of natural ressources. And Europeans did not take them all !
    What are the official language in Africa and why ? Why don’t they enforce a real african language as official except a few (swahili…) ?
    Same can be said of countries that have never been colonized !
    Slavery even came back.
    Look at the current state of african nations today and you will see that the prevalent corruption and incompetence is quite similar to what you can see in Tintin au Congo !

    Fed up with these africans trying to push the responsibility of their failures and shortcomings to others !

    Elliot
    July 15th, 2007 at 1:31 am
  3. OK, so that’s both a catastrophically poor understanding of colonialism (recommend: Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost) and off point. Unless you’re saying that Tintin in Congo is an accurate depiction of Congo, in which case, well, I wonder if you’ve seen the book and the depiction of Africans.

    John
    July 15th, 2007 at 11:01 am
  4. In Congo about 10 million people were murdered under the reign of king Leopold II. That’s a fact.

    Now about the book: I’ve never read it, but IMHO it shouldn’t be prohibited as it’s pure fiction. It’s not a serious book and shouldn’t be handled as one.

    Jonas
    March 30th, 2008 at 4:26 pm
  5. i dont think the books were written like that really…thats like saying we should ban old books about how women were treated…the tintin comics were great and well written…thats all i can say..:)

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    April 5th, 2008 at 4:02 am
  6. I’ve never read this one. However, I do know that at the time it was written people were offended by the racism. I think the story goes that a Scottish preist (if someone does know, please tell me) was highly offended by the material and after hearing that Tintin was going to go to China wrote to Herg√© and told him that it would be shameful if he dipicted Chinese people as cunning, greedy people who ate swallows eggs and wore braids etc. The priest put him onto Chang, who taught Herg√© about Chinese culture; Chang features in The Blue Lotus (where both Tintin and Chang have a laugh about negative cultural stereotypes and how stupid they are) and in Tintin in Tibet.

    It can be noted that in the other Tintin comics (I’ve read most of them) that although there are racial and social stereotypes used, they are not derogatory and Tintin always shows friendship with everyone and doesn’t discriminate between people, no matter what their race, species, or drinking habits may be. The discrimination is always between good and bad.

    Jess
    May 24th, 2008 at 4:54 am

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