'Peter Pan,' 'Lady and the Tramp,' and 13 more kids' classics marred by racism

December 4, 2014 5:56 PM

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'Peter Pan,' 'Lady and the Tramp,' and 13 more kids' classics marred by racism

In all its incarnations—J.M. Barrie’s oolylay and novel, various film adaptations and novel reimaginings, even the “Peter Pan’s Flight” ride at Disney World—Peter Pan is an undisputed classic. It’s also incredibly problematic in its depiction of Native Americans, an issue that dates back to Barrie’s original text.

Here, for example, is how the author describes Neverland’s Indians the first time they appear in the story: “They carry tomahawks and knives, and their naked bodies gleam with paint and oil. Strung around them are scalps, of boys as well as of pirates, for these are the Piccaninny tribe, and not to ...

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