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Amazon.com says some Tom and Jerry shows are racist. An Amazon warning says that the racism from 70 years ago was wrong. It says this racism is still wrong today. People say the black maid in the cartoon is racist. In the 1960s, some cartoons were changed because of racism.



Two cartoonists made Tom and Jerry in 1940. They made 114 Tom and Jerry cartoons from 1940 to 1957. The cartoons won seven Oscars. They are very popular. Children watch them on TV every day. A man said Tom and Jerry cartoons are very good quality. Many people think Amazon's warning is "madness".

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Sources
  • http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/1/amazon-adds-racism-disclaimer-to-tom-and-jerry-car/#ixzz3ExVKKSwH
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-29427843
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_and_Jerry


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

An Amazon

a.

years ago

2.

racism from 70

b.

racist

3.

It says this racism is still wrong

c.

changed

4.

the black

d.

warning

5.

the cartoon is

e.

racism

6.

In the

f.

maid

7.

some cartoons were

g.

1960s

8.

because of

h.

today



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Two

a.

every day

2.

made Tom and Jerry

b.

cartoons

3.

They made 114 Tom and Jerry

c.

Oscars

4.

from 1940

d.

in 1940

5.

The cartoons won seven

e.

good quality

6.

They are very

f.

to 1957

7.

Children watch them on TV

g.

popular

8.

very

h.

cartoonists

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Amazon.com says some Tom and Jerry (1) ___________________. An Amazon warning says that the racism (2) ___________________ was wrong. It says this racism is (3) ___________________. People say the black maid in the (4) ___________________. In the 1960s, some cartoons were changed (5) ___________________.

Two (6) ___________________ Tom and Jerry in 1940. They made 114 Tom and Jerry cartoons (7) ___________________. The cartoons (8) ___________________. They are very popular. Children (9) ___________________ TV every day. A man said Tom and Jerry cartoons are (10) ___________________. Many people think Amazon's warning is "madness".





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Amazon.comsayssomeTomandJerryshowsareracist.AnAmazonwar
ningsaysthattheracismfrom70yearsagowaswrong.Itsaysthisracismi
sstillwrongtoday.Peoplesaytheblackmaidinthecartoonisracist.Inthe
1960s,somecartoonswerechangedbecauseofracism.Twocartoonists
madeTomandJerryin1940.Theymade114TomandJerrycartoonsfro
m1940to1957.ThecartoonswonsevenOscars.Theyareverypopular.
ChildrenwatchthemonTVeveryday.AmansaidTomandJerrycartoons
areverygoodquality.ManypeoplethinkAmazon'swarningis"madness
".

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WRITING

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