November 25, 2008

Fuzzy Indians in (Lil) Green Patch

The folks who gave us No Natives in (Lil) Green Patch have done it again: practiced racism in their Facebook application.

Sweet Little Indian Furries Bearing Thanksgiving GiftsCecelia Rose LaPointe wrote
at 12:39pm on November 22nd, 2008

I just emailed the developers. One of them responded very quickly and they plan on taking this down this coming week. So that's good news!

Cheryl Cash (Bowling Green) wrote
at 12:42pm on November 22nd, 2008

Thanks for writing them, all of you.

But, they mean AFTER the "Holiday," I think. So the damned things will do what the damned devs want them for ... hooray for the happy li'l sterotyped and dehumanized Injuns of "Thanksgiving."

Rachel Barrett Martin Gallop (East Bay, CA) wrote
at 12:42pm on November 22nd, 2008

I just wrote this on the wall, and repeat here in case it gets taken down: "I've been finding the anthropomorphized fruits and vegetables a bit... odd... ever since I joined up. And now I've become aware why: they are all so pale-skinned in their supposed "race-less-ness." And now I see in the "gifts" these very odd, ersatz caricatures of indigenous culture: furry creatures wearing headbands and feathers. Please no!!!! Native North America deserves better."
Comment:  Let's recap. The human children in this Facebook application are Caucasians. The Indian children (?) are teddy bears. Do I need to spell out the problem with that?

For more on the subject, see What's Wrong with Grizzly Bob?

P.S. I corrected a few spelling and punctuation mistakes in the posters' comments.

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