Unit 6 Assignment “Ethnic Notions” Peter Rock

!: Black people were often portrayed in popular media in full uniform and smiling, or portrayed as dancing constantly including during slave auctions. Through this dancing, it was meant to be understood that black people were indifferent to poverty and subservience. This portrayal painted a picture of “happy servants” used by slave owners and supporters of slavery to justify racial injustice and to paint a picture of racial difference.

?: Cartoons played a major role in painting a picture of racial and difference and obscuring the similarities between white people and people of color. How does cartoon still perpetuate racist stereotypes and issues of racism in today’s media?

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