Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Number One Snoopy Place

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A couple of days ago, as the axe was barely settling in the head of Charlotte Braun, I was alerted to another letter by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. He wrote this one back in 1986, in response to an inquisitive letter from a 15 year old boy named Randee. Randee had questioned Schulz regarding what he thought could be perceived as racism in this strip, and Schulz clearly disagreed with the insinuation.

More back-story and a picture of the envelope can be seen at The Sneeze.


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CHARLES M. SCHULZ
NUMBER ONE SNOOPY PLACE
SANTA ROSA, CALIF. 98401

December 23, 1986

Dear Randee:

I can't believe that you are so ready to leap in with your criticism.

Fifteen years ago, when the strip was drawn, I believe there was only one black in the National Hockey League. Does pointing out this fact make the strip racist?

Best regards,

(Signed)

Charles M. Schulz

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