“The character on the stamp is drawn with exaggerated features, thick lips and wide-open eyes. His appearance, speech and mannerisms are the subject of kidding by white characters in the comic book.”
A recent edition of Mexican stamps depict a caricature of black people:
“MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — U.S. activists called on the Mexican government to withdraw a postage stamp depicting an exaggerated black cartoon character known as Memin Pinguin, saying the offense was worse than recent remarks about blacks made by President Vicente Fox.
Mexico defended the series of five stamps released Wednesday, which depicts a child character from a comic book started in the 1940s that is still published in Mexico.
But the Rev. Jesse Jackson said President Bush should pressure Mexico to withdraw the stamps from the market, saying they “insult people around the world…”
Click the link to see the stamps.
How does the Mexican government defend this stamp? By noting the American love affair with Speedy Gonzales:
“Just as Speedy Gonzalez has never been interpreted in a racial manner by the people in Mexico, because he is a cartoon character, I am certain that this commemorative postage stamp is not intended to be interpreted on a racial basis in Mexico or anywhere else,” said Rafael Laveaga, the spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington.
If the U.S. put Speedy on a stamp, then we should, indeed, apologize. I don’t think we did.