I couldnt find the original thread that started this thought, so I'll post my take on the race/Pokémon issue here. Keep in mind that the following was in response to some others talking about how they cant imagin how Jynx can be offensive to black people. I wont go into specifics about how it CAN be percieved as such, unless you want me to. Doubt anyone'd read this, but i cant help but jump in. You have to admit there are some similarities between jynx and the hardcore racist, old-time stereotypical depiction of a black person. In my english class we were reading To Kill a Mockingbird and during a discussion of racism, read the book, my teacher brought up a slide show he created using images from the Jim Crowe Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Jim Crowe, as in the racist laws, yes him. Anyways, among the assortmant of pictures of slaves eating watermelons and stuff, was a picture of Jar-Jar Binks and our dear Jynx! Turns out that there is a striking similarity. If u dont know, you better ask somebody, put the old racist charicature next to a picture of Jynx. You'll see it. Maybe you dont believe it now, but you have to see it. Break down the old pictures into a couple of key features that make up the charicature and break down the key features that make Jynx Jynx. Put those lists together...spooky. Not to mention the Japaneses' racially controvertial past. There have been many troubling debates regarding race and the Japaneses' depiction of it. I'm Mexican, but im not crying to my mommy over the depiction of Team Mexico in Medabots, or even LOMBRE, LUDICOLO, or the Magikarp salesman! When it comes down to it, yeah, the Japanese push their luck with the tolerance of their depictions, but its up to the person who sees the product. Will you take it too seriously? Will you overreact? I konw i dont think it's harmful, but in this politically correct society, you cant say jack squat without someone shushing you...at least if you are a widely seen entity, as anime is. My mom really takes this stuff seriously, but as for me, i dont, because its just a cartoon and they arent putting you down by their charicature, they are just drawing a goofy picture of you. If they were to make these aforesaid people do something that was offensive like maybe the salesman gardening or something like that, then that's where you draw the line. If they make a charicature of you, then it's all in good fun as long as they dont get carried away with it. The minute they start pulling stuff like that episode after episode, then you draw the line. The minute they start making these charicatures perform stereotypical, demeaning acts, thats when you draw the line. In short, dont overreact to a picture, overreact when they REALLY mess with you. If you can tell jokes anymore, then what fun is there. Have fun, but dont get carried away. As long as they keep it in check, i dont see a problem with it. To that girl who wrote the letter, i think you might have gotten carried away a little. At most, the situation warrants a "Man did you see that? THat was messed up!" Boom end of story, go back to your Fruit Loops. Thank you for your time.