Time for another game of ‘Find the Racism,’ holiday cartoon edition

Time for another game of ‘Find the Racism,’ holiday cartoon edition
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When last we played a round of “Find the Racism,” the target was a beer ad that featured the tag line “Sometimes lighter is better.” And who could forget the “Black Liberation” group that vowed last year to shut down Black Friday shopping to fight racism? Or the public service announcement that symbolized the racism of the war on drugs by frying up brown, but not white, eggs?

This year’s offender was ABC’s annual “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” cartoon, which raised the hackles of some on social media because of the seating arrangement during a dinner scene. No, the problem wasn’t the lack of “boy-girl-boy-girl” or even “boy-trans-girl-trans.” It was where the animators chose to put Franklin, the lone black character: He is segregated from the white characters on his own side of the table. And to make matters worse somehow, he is seated on a lawn chair.

Here are some of the irate responses on Twitter:

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How come Franklin, Charlie Brown’s only black friend, sits alone on the other side of the table? And in a lawn chair. #franklin#CharlieBrown #CharlieBrownThanksgiving

— Cynthia Haynes (@ChefCynthiaC) November 21, 2018

Dapping up, or “giving dap,” involves handshaking (often by hooking thumbs), fist pounding, or chest- or fist-bumping.

It gets worse. As The Hill notes:

Black journalist Jeremy Helligar wrote in a Friday commentary reacting to the controversy that Franklin’s placement in other “Peanuts” specials appeared more inclusive.

“A relevant aside: During the farewell dinner about one hour and five minutes into 1972’s ‘Snoopy Come Home,’ Franklin was seated on the same side of the table as Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Frieda  —  in a regular chair,” Helligar said on Medium.

The controversy? Are they kidding?

As far as I could divine, only one person reacted to this idiocy with the derision it deserves, which raises the frightening possibility that these hopelessly silly mountains from molehills are going to get larger and more mainstream as time goes on.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."