A Belgium judge has ruled that the 1920’s comic book Tintin in the Congo is not racist but “gentle and candid humour.”
[The Plaintiff] said the book should be banned in Belgium, which has a history of colonial aggression, exploitation and violence in the Congo, because of the number of damaging black stereotypes.
He said that Tintin employed a little black helper who was seen as “stupid and without qualities”.
In one scene, a black woman prostrates herself before Tintin, saying: “White man very great. White mister is big juju man.”
The comic book has prompted efforts to ban it other countries such as France and Britain. In Britain the comic is still available but with a labels stating that it contains racial content.