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Nintendo is often well known for their positive image and the friendly content of their software. Sadly, a potentially ethnically offensive character, known as Tom Nook has marred this enduring legacy of good will. Tom Nook is a character in the popular Nintendo franchise, Animal Crossing. At first glance, the character name seems harmless. However, upon further scrutiny, it is plausible, that Nintendo may have intentionally or unintentionally created a character with a name that is rooted in two well-known African-American epithets. The racial slurs in question, are Uncle Tom and Coon. Nook may be perceived as a phonetic anagram for "coon". Tom is a common name. However, when given to a brown raccoon, it seems feasible that it may be implying, Uncle Tom. I do not know if this action was intentional on the part of the translators at Nintendo of America, or if it was mere accident. Regardless, I find that this name was not researched well enough. I have only one simple request for Nintendo. Rename the character so that he is less offensive to the African-American community. If Nintendo is unable to create a name, then I suggest that a contest be held, so that Nintendo fans may rename the character to their liking. Nintendo has a long-standing image as an exemplary corporation. I hope that upon seeing this petition, they will take my request to heart, and take the steps toward appeasing potential consumer concern. So please, join me in my pursuit of a more positive future, and sign this petition to change the name of this character.

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