throughout the attempt to re-animate Memin Penguin via literall 3D animation, I want to focus on the dangerous facets Memin presents to the erasure of Afro-Mexicans. To what expense did Memin Pinguin’s comical role play to the erasure of the Afro-Mexico identity? By focusing on the 2005, as the year that re-drew attention to Memin Pinguin’s racist inflection. But more importantly, highlight Mexico’s racially backward /colorblind attitude toward alternative racial identities, specifically Afro-Mexican identities. Memin Penguin became a promotional mascot for the bicenntainal events, and persuade consumers to purchase the “Commemorative Editions” of the comic, and the postage stamps: http://www.voccoquan.com/images/memin%20pinguin%20stamps.jpg
Former president Vicent Fox (2000-2006), defended Latin America’s blackface character because Pinguin demonstrated admirable family and friendship values. Other defenders of Memin Pinguin used similar derailment tactics, demonstrating that in other episodes of the comic book Memin Pinguin became was no longer teased, and was loved by everyone else.Herein lies the tones of colorblindness. Throughout Mexico’s historical history, African slaves were incontrovertible an influential force to Mexico’s socio-political development. Even during the Mexican war of Independence (1810-1821) Afro-Mexicans such as Vincente Guerrero, Jose Morelos, and even Emiliano Zapata were prominent individuals to Mexico’s independence. My aim here to bring out of the periphery Mexico’s “third root”, and the intersection of colorblind attitudes, marginalization, and government endorsement.
By virtue of giving Memin Pinguin a voice, it endangers the representation of spectrum of Latin-American identities that are embossed, Afro-Mexican bodies exist only when the spectacle spotlight shines. Memin Pinguin positions the continues the marginalization of non-citizen individuals through ridicule and commodification undergird the intention to ingrain how these identities are only allowed to exist. What is the role in Memin Penguin during the bicentennial celebrations? Tobe used as a real-life puppet to novelize the tolerability of alternative Mexican profiles. From the clip Memin Pinguin’s commercial calls out to younger generations; “Tus paps me conocieron, ahora tu me vas a concoer”
A perverted invitation to involve children in the continuation negligent conceptualization Afro-Mexican identities. What is perhaps most eery about this commercial is the promotional sale of the special edition of the comic. On the forefront of the cover, is Memin holding the unbroken chains with a speech bubble that translates to “oh geez, we’re finally free!” Nonesense. Since Memin Pinguin is imbued with racist ideologies, it continuously constricts Memin to proclaim any respectable status.