Date: Tue, 13 Jun 1995 14:15:03 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: PC, History, and Film
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" "John Hess"
The point I want to make in reply to Steve's question is perhaps very obvious, but the way he phrased the question raises the issue. The decades long struggle for "correct," fair, sensitive, understanding treatment of the marginalized in and by our culture is very much a stuggle to set the historical record straight. That Disney's latest film is less racist than previous ones does not excuse playing loose with the historical encounter between the early Europeans and Native Americans. "Sensitivity," if that is even the right word here, is based first and foremost on a full and accurate understanding of the history. Romanticizing the Other is still a process of "othering."
John Hess, Ithaca College and JUMP CUT
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