PC Culture

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Is Deemed ‘Racist’

Scene from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC/via Twitter)
If we cry ‘Social injustice!’ where it doesn’t exist, we’re less likely to be heard when we call out instances of it that are real.

Last week social-justice warriors went to Twitter to express their outrage over the classic special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, claiming that the show is “racist.”

It all started with ABC News tweeting a promotion for the special:

Several people commented that the screenshot accompanying the tweet proved that the show was in fact racist — because Franklin, the “black kid,” is sitting on one side of the table by himself:

Sorry, but calling this “racist” is completely ridiculous. As Twitter user @Brookesalvation pointed out, there is a completely logical explanation for why the kids are seated the way that they are — and it has nothing to do with racism. Snoopy is Charlie Brown’s dog, so it makes sense that they would be seated at the same side of the table. Sally has a crush on Linus, so it makes sense that they would be seated near each other. Peppermint Patty has a crush on Charlie Brown, so it makes sense that she would want to sit next to him. Finally, Sally is Charlie’s sister, so it makes sense that they would be seated next to each other. Also, it’s not like Franklin is the only character who is sitting on one side of the table by himself. In fact, both Marcy and Linus (both of whom are white) are also sitting on sides of the table on their own. Are their sides of the table shorter than Franklin’s? Sure, but that doesn’t mean that this is racism — especially when there is another, completely racially irrelevant explanation for the seating arrangement.

What’s more, anyone who knows anything about the show’s creator, Charles M. Schulz, knows that he was not a racist. In fact, the whole reason he added Franklin’s character in 1968 (the year that Martin Luther King Jr. was shot) was to fight against people who were racist. Yes, Schulz added this character to show his support for civil rights, and the fact that people who apparently don’t know this are using a seating arrangement to smear him as a racist — without even bothering to do enough research to know what they’re talking about first — is absolutely sickening.

Now, it would be one thing if these sorts of SJW outrages were completely harmless to our culture, but they’re not. For one thing, they demonize things that don’t need to be demonized — such as the completely innocuous, totally wholesome Charlie Brown. For another thing, they do a lot to minimize instances of real racism. Think about it: If on a whim you start calling anything and everything under the sun “racist” (even when it’s not), then people are going to be a lot less likely to listen to you when you call something out. Given that real racism absolutely does exist, this is extremely dangerous. So, for the love of everything good and holy, let’s save our “racist” call-outs for the things that actually are — and let’s leave Charlie Brown alone.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Making Sense of the Iran Chaos

One would prefer that correct decisions be made according to careful, deliberate plan. But a correct decision made impulsively, through a troubling process, is still nonetheless correct, and so it is with Donald Trump’s decision to refrain from military action against Iran. The proposed strike would represent a ... Read More
U.S.

In Defense of Coleman Hughes

Picture the scene: A young man walks into a congressional hearing to offer witness testimony. His grandfather was barbarically brutalized by people who are now long dead. The nation in which he resides built its wealth of his grandfather’s brutalization. The question: Should his fellow citizens pay the young ... Read More
Education

College Leaders Should Learn from Oberlin

Thanks to their social-justice warrior mindset, the leaders of Oberlin College have caused an Ohio jury to hit it with $44 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a case where the school couldn't resist the urge to side with its “woke” students against a local business. College leaders should learn ... Read More
Elections

Joe and the Segs

Joe Biden has stepped in it, good and deep. Biden, if he has any hope of ever being elected president, will be dependent on residual goodwill among African Americans from his time as Barack Obama’s loyal and deferential vice president — so deferential, in fact, that he stood aside for Herself in 2016 even ... Read More
Film & TV

Toy Story 4: A National Anthem

The Toy Story franchise is the closest thing we have to an undisputed national anthem, a popular belief that celebrates what we think we all stand for — cooperation, ingenuity, and simple values, such as perpetual hope. This fact of our infantile, desensitized culture became apparent back in 2010 when I took a ... Read More