We start the morning, with, of all things, a discussion on Mexican stamps:
The Mexican government has issued a postage stamp depicting an exaggerated black cartoon character known as Memin Pinguin, just weeks after remarks by President Vicente Fox angered U.S. blacks.
The series of five stamps released for general use Wednesday depicts a child character from a comic book started in the 1940s that is still published in Mexico.
The boy, hapless but lovable, is drawn with exaggerated features, thick lips and wide-open eyes. His appearance, speech and mannerisms are the subject of kidding by white characters in the comic book.
Activists said the stamp was offensive, though officials denied it.
“No, it isn’t.”
Which just goes to show how silly I am- a story about an allegedly racist stamp and all I can think about is how government is the same everywhere.
*** Update ***
LaShawn Barber writes:
Whenever I see racist caricatures of blacks from back in the day, I cringe. To think there was a time in the U.S. when whites openly mocked and ridiculed blacks with these exaggerated stereotypes, and blackface comedy was all the rage.
And then, after reading the CNN copy about the cartoon caricature:
Hapless but lovable? Who wrote this garbage? Probably some white, American, liberal journalist.
Discuss. Go read the Poorman (it is deep in the post).