Hello Everyone! @ferociousfem here & I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break and are settling into our normally scheduled mental breakdowns of finishing up the semester. I know that’s what I’m doing. Anyway, let’s get down to business.
If you don’t know, you soon will. Peanuts, originally a comic strip, written by Charles M. Schulz ,that soon had tv specials and movies based on it first started in the 1950s and continued running until 2000, the series centered around a group of young children and followed them on their daily childhood activities. ABC network, as usual, aired ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’, over the holiday break where some viewers on social media noticed an important detail that soon became a trending topic.
One of the first tweets that ignited the flame to many more to soon come. Below is a tweet that a twitter user posted, insinuating the childhood special as racist for putting the only black character on the show in a chair by himself at the table.
Am I woke now, why is Franklin in Charlie Brown Thanksgiving sitting all by himself at the table. Man. Things that I did not notice as a child.— Yessam (@cmass4eva) November 22, 2018
Tweets flowed in with the #CharlieBrownThanksgiving within each tweet, featured below are a few more tweets that stemmed from the show’s airing this year.
Let’s talk about Franklin. Dude gets invited to Charlie Brown’s by Peppermint Patty. Then he finds out that it wasn’t a real invite, a dog is cooking the food and he’s gotta sit by himself at dinner. That’s Get Out. #CharlieBrownThanksgiving— Terry Big Blue Brown™️ (@TBrown_80) November 22, 2018
Not watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving anymore, until they sit some people on the same side of the table as Franklin ✊🏾✊🏾— Vic Damone Jr (@Asharp52) November 22, 2018
If you’ve never seen A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the clip below is of the scene, within the first six seconds you can see the setup of the chairs and it pans out briefly so that viewers can see the whole picture.
Okay, yes this does look bad, very bad for Charlie Brown, however, despite the negative tweets, long-term fans of the show have produced other facts to be considered. Below is a tweet I found in response to the first tweet from above.
The purpose of this episode was to point out the racial divide that existed (exists) in America. @SchulzMuseum recently featured a great exhibit honoring Franklin & why it was a big deal to create his character & why so many people were against the character.— John Pruitt – JP (@pruveit) November 22, 2018
Facts, after the assassination of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in 1968, a schoolteacher, Harriet Glickman, wrote to Schultz and asked that he would include a black character in the show to make an impact on the country in the troubling times. Pictured below is the actual letter that the museum released in their exhibit after celebrating 50 years since Franklin was introduced on the show.
What do you all think? Are the critics reaching for something to be upset about? Is Charlie Brown actually racist? Let’s also consider the time frame we’re looking at, for Franklin to have even been a part of this show is amazing by itself, but was it still just as bad for not treating him “equally” or despite the episode being about honoring him as everyone else looks at him in the comfiest chair at the table.
In addition, I like to look into the other comments this stirred up, (featured below) some people have suggested that — “you people” always find ways to be offended — and suggesting the user should get over racism and that people are “too sensitive”. Why is it when racism is brought up non-people of color find ways to suggest racism does not exist, granted it might not be in America’s favorite childhood show, but it does exist and the narrative needs to be changed when it is brought up.
Oh give it a damn rest already. Everything is because of your color. Just remember you people use your color to get what you want. Then again, that’s ok, huh? Woke? What the hell. Does someone sit in their house all day trying to think of what they think are cool ways to talk?— R. S. (@bayman59) November 24, 2018
Please, share your thoughts with me in the comments below, all comments are welcome! Let’s Discuss!