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Sun Dec 6, 2015, 02:00 AM

Why Charles M. Schulz Gave Peanuts A Black Character (1968)

Why Charles M. Schulz Gave Peanuts A Black Character (1968)
People I like can be divided into two groups: a) those who enjoy and get Charles M. Schulz’s wonderful Peanuts comic strip; b) those fools who don’t. All of human life is in the artist and writer’s 17,897 comic strips.

In 1968 Schulz noticed the Civil Rights movement, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and read a letter from Los Angeles schoolteacher Harriet Glickman. She had a question for Schulz: would he include a black child in the Peanuts gang?


An excellent article that covers how Schultz decided to bring a black character in his strip.

History worth knowing.

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Reply Why Charles M. Schulz Gave Peanuts A Black Character (1968) (Original post)
Agnosticsherbet Dec 2015 OP
TlalocW Dec 2015 #1
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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 02:17 AM

1. I remember seeing another letter

After he introduced Franklin, chastising him for doing so and for showing an integrated school - Franklin schooled with Peppermint Patty and Marcie, and it pissed him off to the point that he was sure he was going to be a permanent character.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 02:22 AM

2. Could you please add the link to the article...

Last edited Sun Dec 6, 2015, 02:52 AM - Edit history (1)

An oversight, I'm sure.

Edit: Here's the article. The OP may have gone to bed

http://flashbak.com/why-charles-m-schulz-gave-peanuts-a-black-character-1968-47081/

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 05:02 AM

6. Thanks for the new addition to my sig line Sid, I love it.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 02:22 AM

3. link? nt

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 02:47 AM

4. link please

thank you

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 04:18 AM

5. "Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?"

....Another editor protested once when Franklin was sitting in the same row of school desks with Peppermint Patty, and said, ‘We have enough trouble here in the South without you showing the kids together in school.’ But I never paid any attention to those things, and I remember telling {United Features president} Larry {Rutman} at the time about Franklin—he wanted me to change it, and we talked about it for a long while on the phone, and I finally sighed and said, ‘Well, Larry, let’s put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?’ So that’s the way that ended….


http://flashbak.com/why-charles-m-schulz-gave-peanuts-a-black-character-1968-47081/

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 05:08 AM

7. I remember as a child noticing the sudden appearance of Franklin

and realizing that it was the kind of conscious move that many in the media were making at the time.

At the same time, I wasn't aware that the introduction of Franklin was very controversial. Thinking about it now, it's obvious that it would have been but, growing up in the Philly suburbs in a completely integrated school system, it struck me as simply reflecting reality. I don't think I realized just how different my reality was from some other parts of the country.

Schultz was one of many in the media who took a lot of heat for doing what they knew was right.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 06:17 AM

9. I just don't get the color thing

there is people who I dislike but not a single one is based on what color their skin is.

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