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Is VeggieTales Racist?: California State University Students Accuse VeggieTales of Perpetuating Racial Stereotypes

  • Kayla Koslosky Former Editor
  • Updated Dec 06, 2018
Is <em>VeggieTales</em> Racist?: California State University Students Accuse <em>VeggieTales</em> of Perpetuating Racial Stereotypes

California State University San Marcos held a “Whiteness Forum” recently where they determined that the beloved Christian cartoon VeggieTales is racist. 

According to The College Fix, the group determined that “The Christian cartoon VeggieTales is racist because the villains are vegetables of color. The NFL is racist since most players are black and most coaches and owners are white. White women advance white supremacy when they support President Donald Trump.”

CBN News reports that the “Whiteness Forum” was organized so that participants can take “a critical look at whiteness." In other words, the students participating in the forum were asked to evaluate popular things in culture and identify racism in them. 

According to The College Fix, the “Whiteness Forum” is an annual event put together to display student’s final projects in Professor Dreama Moon’s Communications 454 called “The Communication of Whiteness.”  

Reportedly, on of Moon’s students identified VeggieTales as a show which reinforces racial stereotypes. 

The female student who created the report commented on her project in an interview noting that evil characters in the cartoon tend to have ethnic, or more specifically Latino, accents, while the good characters sound white.

She stated in her project, “When kids see the good white character triumph over the bad person of color character they are taught that white is right and minorities are the source of evil.”

While it appears that many student’s projects echoed this analysis, one student found the forum to be hypocritical. 

He said, “I feel like the university system leaders are a bunch of hypocrites, they're talking about stopping racism and promoting equality for all, yet they have no problem bashing white people," the student then noted that he is half-Mexican.

"They're trying to make people feel guilty for being white,” he urged.

This is not the first beloved classic to be under scrutiny this year. Earlier this month CBS aired the classic Claymation “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and many people had a lot to say about it. Viewers accused the holiday classic of encouraging bullying, discouraging uniqueness, displaying bigotry, verbal abuse, and staunch patriarchy. 

The Resurgent writer, Peter Heck, responded to this controversy by saying, “Normal people – that is, sane people – just don’t think like this.” 

Photo courtesy: Screenshot of VeggieTales