Perils of assimilation

If only life came with subtitles.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Subtle Racism of Milwaukee PBS

PBS shows plenty of filler in between their wonderful, wonderful progams. Some of it is music videos, quirky tidbits, and short instructional videos. I enjoy these quite a bit, except one.

'Kids in the Kitchen' features a two young Latina girls, Sophia and Samantha, and a vampiric blonde yuppie who teaches them simple recipes and how to set a proper table, complete with three forks and two glasses. I am reminded of a missionary trying to teach western ways to the natives, who already have their own ways that have served them just fine for centuries. That woman is probably laden with smallpox, watch out, girls!

This probably doesn't bug anyone else, but it does indeed bother me.


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