Is “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” Stuck in the Past?

ABC’s ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ is under fire for seating its black character, Franklin, alone on one side of the table in an old lawn chair. Is this racist?

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No one puts Franklin in the corner – or in this case, in a wobbly old lawn chair, alone on one side of the holiday table.

According to the New York Post, critics are condemning ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” for seating its only black character alone at the Thanksgiving table. Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy all have stable, normal chairs and are all seated next to each other opposite Franklin.

Twitter users were outraged, posting comments such as “Why is Franklin in Charlie Brown Thanksgiving sitting all by himself at the table. Man. Things that I did not notice as a child” and “Not watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving anymore, until they sit some people on the same side of the table as Franklin.”

At one point in the Thanksgiving special, Franklin even falls over in his unstable chair. This scene sparked even more outrage. One Twitter user wrote, “They give our friend the busted chair and won’t even sit on the same side of the table, more proof that Charlie Brown and his cohorts are RACIST.”

Nonetheless, not everyone finds “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” offensive. According to the New York Post, others defended the special, reminding some that Charles Schulz fought to have Franklin be a part of the cast – he wanted to stand up against racism in 1968.

California radio host Mark Larson tweeted, “Seriously please get some historical context. Charles M. Schultz was a trailblazer and bucked racism in those days by adding Franklin to reflect the issue … and challenging what was then going on in society.” Is it time for a new Thanksgiving special, or should we value tradition and history? Read more on the NY Post here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

ABC’s ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ is under fire for seating its black character, Franklin, alone on one side of the table in an old lawn chair. Is this racist?

Totals
16% Y – come on!
84% N – historical character
Males
23% Y – come on!
77% N – historical character
Females
5% Y – come on!
95% N – historical character

Y – come on!

N – historical character


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