Jul 19 2006
GUEST: Cheryl L. Noralez, President and Founder of the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation, United
Long before the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Manâ€™s Chest” opened to record-breaking box office numbers, indigenous groups raised strong concerns over the filmâ€™s racist depiction of the native Carib peoples as cannibals. Prior to production of the Pirates sequel, Michael Polonio of the National Garifuna Council of Belize accused Disney of perpetuating an unjust myth that harms the Caribs and their descendents. Carib Chief Charles Williams criticized Disneyâ€™s producers and stated that, â€œOur ancestors stood up against early European conquerors and because they stood upâ€¦we were labeled savages and cannibals up to today.â€ Despite such objections to the scriptâ€™s racist portrayal of the indigenous people, Disney refused to make alterations. In response, Los Angeles area Garifuna leaders organized a protest outside of Disneyland for the filmâ€™s premiere on June 24th.
Watch a scene from the film here:
The Garifuna American Heritage Foundation, United can be found here.
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