Toda's Opinion #3


From: "Yoshiro Toda"
To: "守 一雄"
Subject: Re: Little black sam
Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 14:54:55 -0800
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From: "守 一雄"
To: "Yoshiro Toda" ; "守 一雄"

Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2000 11:55 PM
Subject: Re: Little black sam

Mr. Mori,(守さま)

You wrote,(あなたはこう書いています。)

> Even if the title would be changed, it would not be possible to prevent anyone
> from associating the old book, as far as the story remains the same.
> I hope the problem of the association will diminish in time and eventually
> disappear.

If you keep the title virtually identical and advertise the book as a new version of the old racist book, then you are in effect helping the readers to associate the two books. If you hope to diminish the problem of association and perpetuation of the "chibikuro sambo" image of blacks, you ought to change the name radically as I suggested, for instance, to "Kuroinu Monogatari". I agree that you can't prevent anyone from associating the two books even when the title is changed but then at least you are not instigating the public to do so, provided you don't advertise the new book as a new version of the old. I think you have a moral obligation to change the title of the book.