Disney Racism Analysis

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One World Many Colors: Then Why Still See Black and White
The United States of America is known for its vast diversity in population. People of all cultures and colors are together as one. Like all good things, the vast diversity has its unfortunate side. Unfortunately, America is filled with racism. Racism is the hatred or intolerance of another race or other races (Racism Dictionary.com). Many people believe that racism simply does not exist anymore in today’s society. The fundamental reason behind the rise of racism is that people are completely oblivious to their surroundings. To them racism is not effecting their lives therefore it does not exist. It may seem that racism has vanished because people are more “open-minded” now, or
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Believe it or not but, Disney plays a huge role on influencing children. Americans from a very young age watch Disney and learn lessons from it. Everybody loves Disney, because it is “innocent” and perfect for children. However, Disney has a dark hidden truth. Disney is racist. The movies have hidden racist symbolism as well as stereotypical caricatures. People tend to disregard the hidden racism behind the Disney films unintentionally. Aladdin, a character from Disney’s Aladdin, has a lighter skin tone compared to the villain Jafar. People do not recognize the racism hidden behind the characters. People just seem to think that “Aladdin looks “right” for a hero and Jafar looks “right” for a villain” (Maio). Children of all ages watch and learn from Disney. Showing children that the “darker person” is the villain will affect their mentality towards the “darker people”. The children will begin to fear those who are darker than them. They will associate those who are darker as evil and those who are lighter as good. Disney is promoting racism by exposing the typical stereotypes to children at a very young age. Not only is Disney showing darker characters as villains it is also using stereotypes to associate characters and race. Disney portrays Lady and the Tramp’s, twin Siamese cats; Si and Am in a racist manner. Disney creates a racist concept of “yellow peril” to them. They inflict property damage; have slanted eyes, …show more content…
Especially towards those whose race is a victim to racism. The young children that are victims to the racism grow up feeling inferior. Psychologist Kenneth Clark and his wife Mamie Clark conduct a doll experiment to study children’s attitude about race. Black children get a white and black doll and then the psychologist asks them which doll is “good,” “bad,” “nice,” and “mean.” The majority of the children associate positive qualities with the white doll and negative qualities with the black one (Proulx). Clark speaks of his findings at the Brown v.s. Board of Education case. “Eleven of these sixteen children chose the brown doll as the doll which looks “bad.” This is consistent with the previous result which [Clark] had obtained by testing over three hundred children, and [Clark] interpret it to mean a Negro child accepts as early as six, seven, or eight the negative stereotypes about his own group” (The Dolls). Kenneth Clark conducts his experiment in the 1940’s. People assume that the times are changing since then. In 2008 when America elects the first African-American president, Americans start to consider themselves as “open-minded” people and that racism is behind them. Sadly, this is not the case. Around the time Obama wins the election, a young girl named, Kiri Davis, directs a documentary called, A Girl Like Me. In this documentary Kiri conducts Clark’s doll experiment to

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