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DICKENS LABELED A RACIST

DefendingChristmas.com     July 6, 2020

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Few men carry the weight of Christmas fame like Charles Dickens. From the publication of his wildly popular story A Christmas Carol the name of Dickens has been sacred in the world of Christmas. But like many popular figures of the past Charles Dickens is now being called out as racist.

Some of Dickens’s work has attracted controversy over claims that it is racist. These facts have long been known and some biographers in the past have tried to highlight it.

Dickens felt strongly that Victorian society ignored the poverty of its underclass. On the one hand were the rich who enjoyed comfort and feasting at Christmas, and on the other were children forced to live in dreadful conditions in workhouses.

 

These themes would suggest that Dickens was promoting social change.

But Dickens was a complicated political thinker and looking back more than a century and a half later it is impossible to fully understand the nuances of both the time and the person.

Privately, it was another matter. In letters to his friends, he railed against Indians as ‘low, murderous, treacherous, tigerous villains’, called for their extermination and cheered on the consequences of the Indian mutiny, applauding the ‘Hindoo’ being ‘blown from English guns’.

As for the blacks he so publicly supported, he privately questioned the wisdom of their ever being given suffrage, writing as late as 1868 that the ‘melancholy absurdity’ of their being allowed to vote ‘would glare out of every roll of their eyes, chuckle in their mouths, and bump in their heads.’

But like many of the people buried in Westminster Abbey and memorialized in sundry places with statues and monuments Charles Dickens was not perfect. His life, like the lives of many others, is a story of contradiction and imperfection.

 

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Black Hills Santa

Well, it's gotten out of hand and I am sick of it. Just to be honest. Screaming and accusing others, dead or alive,  of things is ridiculous, hateful, and nonproductive. 

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Santa Johnny Boy
26 minutes ago, Black Hills Santa said:

Well, it's gotten out of hand and I am sick of it. Just to be honest. Screaming and accusing others, dead or alive,  of things is ridiculous, hateful, and nonproductive. 

I agree. There is a bunch of bullies out there with time on their hands that want to cause as much trouble as possible.

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Santa Andy G.

Who are the bullies?

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Michael Rielly

Wait for it... Santa Claus is r...

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Michael Rielly
13 hours ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

I agree. There is a bunch of bullies out there with time on their hands that want to cause as much trouble as possible.

This is what happens when every kid gets a participation trophy...

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Santa Bill Reiller

So where do we sign up for our trophy?   All of this is really getting out of hand.  It is sickening to see how society is these days.

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Drosselmeyer

I read an interesting study talking about childcare in the early 90s - how it had shifted to more of a day care group style - and often the kid that screamed loudest got the attention they wanted - well - those kids have now grown up and they are still acting the way they learned in day care - screaming and throwing tantrums to get what they want - the end justifies the means . . . 

Civil discourse is a dying art 😞

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Santa Craig Maxwell

Many Santas have a "Scandinavian" look.  Ruh-Roh!

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Black Hills Santa

Spare the rod and this is the mess you get! Spoiled punks that need a foot broke off in their hindquarters.

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Michael Rielly
10 minutes ago, Black Hills Santa said:

Spare the rod and this is the mess you get! Spoiled punks that need a foot broke off in their hindquarters.

Amen!

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SCSanta

I am so tired of 2-dimensional thinking, self-important squeaky wheels holding people of history to modern days social standards. 

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Felix Estridge

I am. quite frankly, tired of people and their feelings being more important than facts.

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Santa Tragen
22 hours ago, Black Hills Santa said:

Well, it's gotten out of hand and I am sick of it. Just to be honest. Screaming and accusing others, dead or alive,  of things is ridiculous, hateful, and nonproductive. 

                                                          

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