It looks like the recent episode of Disney‘s The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder where they highlighted,
“slavery, racism, reparations, prison reform, and White guilt,”
in America is stirring up controversy with watchers urging people to boycott the animated series.
The new episode comes as we are in Black History Month. In the scene, the group of kids, (Penny Proud, Dijonay Jones, LaCienega Boulevardez, Sticky Webb, ‘Zoey’ Howzer, and other newly introduced characters) delivered a spoken word poetry performance in front of their school addressing racism in America.
“This country was built on slavery, which means slaves built this country,”
said the group of kids.
“The descendants of slaves continue to build it, slaves built this country, and we the descendants of slaves in America, have earned reparations for their suffering and continue to earn reparations every moment we spend submerged in a systemic prejudice, racism, and White supremacy that America was founded with and still has not atoned for… We had Tubman, Turner, Frederick D, then they say Lincoln freed the slaves, but slaves were men and women, and only we can free ourselves…Emancipation is not freedom. Jim Crow, segregation, redlining, public schools feeding private prisons where we become slaves again.
The episode sparked outrage on social media from viewers who believed the show was spreading an
agenda. Some even demanded the show be boycotted. One Twitter user wrote,
“I’m sick of WOKE A** Disney and the radical left for pushing racism against whites.”
However, one user pointed out that even in the original series of The Proud Family they spoke about black issues.
“The Proud Family BEEN ‘woke’ don’t act like it’s a new thing.”
Bruce. W. Smith, the creator/producer of The Proud Family went on the Karen Hunter show in March 2022 where he talked about the vision for the new reboot and the importance of conveying
“the scope of blackness”
on the tv screen.
“I have two black women directors…and that’s rare… I’m bringing people of color on board to inform every process along the way,”
#Clique, what are your thoughts?