Sleeping latino statue offensive?
October 1, 2007 1:57 PM Subscribe
Is a statue of a sleeping man crouched down with a sombrero over his head offensive to people?
posted by tr45vbyt to Human Relations (79 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I were recently at a home decor shop and picked up a metal sculpture of a crouching man with a sombrero covering his head. My wife thought it was very quaint and had a southwest flare so we purchased it.
Yesterday my son was watching an episode of George Lopez and he summoned me to the TV. The entire episode turned out to be about a racist neighbor who insisted on having a "sleeping mexican" statue in his yard. George and his wife maintained that the statue depicted the stereotype of Mexicans being lazy.
After watching this (and having my wife watch this) I told her that we'd better get rid of it. She however, insisted that she sees nothing wrong with it. She is part Latino and pointed out that neither she or I found it offensive and neither of us thought of it as depicting any one as lazy. Instead we both viewed it as a kind of idyllic representation of a man relaxing. In fact when I look at it I always think to myself "I'd like to be doing that right now". My wife commented how this is just political correctness taken to the extreme.
So what does everyone think - racist or not?