Jim Crow Poster: Racist?

Looking at the Jim Crow Jubilee promotional poster from Module 5, I find it interesting the extreme stereotype caricatures of blacks in the 1800’s have never left our society even in the 21st century.  How ironic we would claim the poster portray of blacks with exaggerated facial features and demeanor to be the context of racial bigotry in historic standards.  I actually do not see the poster to be racist or even offensive.  In fact, I would argue one to be a hypocrite if they believe the poster is being racially bigoted to blacks.  The advertisement of the popular Minstrel shows during the late 1800’s were just that, advertisement.  If these exaggerated caricatures portrayed of blacks are racist, then all the movie posters and product advertisements of not just blacks, but Latinos, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and all minority groups in America should be called out as racist.  Although I could list thousands of examples, I will list the ones most people would recognize.  Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Quaker Oats oatmeal, Natural American Spirit Indian cigarettes to name a few.  Of course, there’s also the movie posters like Mandingo, Lone Ranger, Kung Fu, Boyz N Hood, Scarface, and so on.  Americans in the 21st century seem to have a quick trigger of selectively pointing out everything and everyone to be racist when the truth is, we are all racist in ourselves for even acknowledging it.  The way I see it, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, then it must be a duck.



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