Well, first, I think people of any color, any race, should be allowed to talk about the movie...and if they believe it portrays black people in positive terms...well...I agree with them. Yep. I surely do.
The story of the tar baby...well you can read things into it that just aren't there, and a lotta folks have. What is it really? Well, it's a story with a lesson...Uncle Remus' words about Brer Rabbit:
"POOR LI'L CRITTER -- HE LEARNED A POW'FUL LESSON, BUT HE LEARNED IT TOO LATE -- BUT IT JES'
GOES TO SHOW YOU WHAT COMES O' MIXIN' UP WID SOMETHIN' YOU GOT NO BUSINESS WID IN DE FUST PLACE ...AN' DON'T YOU NEVER FORGET IT!"
That's what the story is about...not some imagined racial slur... "In modern usage, "tar baby" refers to any "sticky situation" that is only aggravated by additional contact."
"An article in The New Republic argued that people are "unaware that some consider it to have a second meaning as a slur" and it "is an obscure slur, not even known to be so by a substantial proportion of the population." It continued that, "those who feel that tar baby's status as a slur is patently obvious are judging from the fact that it sounds like a racial slur" (italics in original text). In other countries, the phrase continues to refer to problems of an intractable nature worsened by intervention."
In short, don't read racism into somethin' that really ain't got no racism in it... Just because tar is black...that don't mean that somebody is making a racial slur. This is a story about "what comes of mixin' up with something you got no business with in the first place." just like Uncle Remus said it was in the first place...and nothing more.
Incidently, though, the story of the tar baby, a segment taken directly from Song of the South, has been released by Disney on video...so...that ain't it...
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan