Thursday, June 12, 2008
Uncle Barrack's Cabin
The newspaper cover above has caused quite a scandal in Germany. The paper claims that the headline was meant to be that of satire. It still has many people talking.
Gary Smith, director of the American Academy of Berlin was quoted as saying, "'Uncle Tom' is a racial slur, and the Taz editors clearly sacrificed substance and principle for an unreflected laugh," he said. "A journalism that prides itself on treating stereotypes with irreverence needs to think harder about its own deployment of stereotypes and racial allusions.
Do you think it was meant as a racial slur? Knowing the feelings of many Germans regarding Blacks, it could be possible. I wonder what Barrack thinks?