It is a cute movie. The story line is innocent enough - there's a creek that separates the "white" side of the town from the "black" side of town, the bridge crossing the creek was burned down years ago, along comes Polly who wins everyone's hearts, crosses the creek, and brings racial unity to the whole town. I cringed a few times when certain things pertaining to racism were said, but like I mentioned, I figured it'd be a good way to help enlighten the children about racism. But then one word changed my whole view of the movie. That word was said, then again, then a third time (if I remember correctly). "Pickaninny".
Google the word and you will see just how awful it is. Where my children grow up I can say they most likely will never hear that word. I'd like to keep it that way. I heard it said on the movie and wanted to snatch it our the DVD player and throw it out the window. I was shocked. Not shocked that it was in the movie - it was made years ago and to directly address racism during the civil rights movement time period - but that so many would recommend the movie for children now-a-days knowing that word was in it.
Yes, we have to teach our children about racism. I do not believe this means we have to teach them bad words to do so. In my opinion it is like any other bad word. We don't tell them the word to teach them about it. We wait until they hear it and then we have a discussion about it. I do not believe the word "pickaninny" is a word that would come up in my children's lives unless they are to watch this movie. So we're not watching it at our home. Waste of a whole lot of money.
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