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By Brian Behnken, Gregory Smithers

ISBN-10: 1440829764

ISBN-13: 9781440829765

ISBN-10: 1440829772

ISBN-13: 9781440829772

This e-book examines how the media―including ads, movies, cartoons, and well known fiction―has used racist photos and stereotypes as advertising instruments that malign and debase African american citizens, Latinos, American Indians, and Asian american citizens within the United States.

• Addresses the present and significant topic of the way the strong and pervasive messages within the media speak and make stronger universal racial stereotypes approximately humans of colour to sizeable audiences―especially children

• Examines renowned depictions of individuals of colour going again to the Eighteen Eighties and info how these depictions have changed

• Explores "fun" subject material that scholar readers locate interesting―pop tradition and the way it shapes our day-by-day experiences―with an analytical, severe edge

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Rice’s performances of “Jumpin’ Jim Crow” on stages in the Bowery District of New York and elsewhere in the United States became hugely popular, especially among urban audiences. Rice’s act, in which he appeared in blackface with Marketing Discrimination 29 raggedy clothing and performed an odd, contorted dance, enabled the performer to “cross over” and “become” something that he was not. His “Jumpin’ Jim Crow” routine thus expanded on a Western cultural tradition of masquerades and carnivalesque revelry.

At the time of the Mexican American War (1846–1848), a flurry of novels tapped into popular prejudices and contributed to the solidification of negative images of Mexican people. For example, George Lippard’s 1847 pulp novel Legends of Mexico drew inspiration from anti-Mexican sentiment in the United States. A friend and confidant of fellow writer Edgar Allan Poe, Lippard was in many respects ahead of his times. He was a pro-union organizer and champion of the working class. However, like so many white Americans who were part of the union movement in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Lippard also harbored viciously racist views about people of color, especially Native Americans and Mexicans.

Fu, as his death proved little more than a ruse that played out in a dozen more Rohmer Fu Manchu novels, just as in many other Fu Manchu books by other authors, and scores of motion pictures. The racism embedded in Rohmer’s fiction reappeared in other Rohmer Fu Manchu stories. The doctor and Chinese people more generally appear in these novels as evil, fiendish, and untrustworthy characters. They crowd together in opium dens and urban slums plotting against white people. But the message was also broader than that.

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