Posts Tagged: race

Toni Morrison’s Lessons

Words matter. We are witnessing the urgency of that right now. America is in crises. No one understood that better than novelist Toni Morrison. The brilliant Nobel laureate knew the power of words. Her eloquent expressions informed us and inspired

Toni Morrison’s Lessons

Words matter. We are witnessing the urgency of that right now. America is in crises. No one understood that better than novelist Toni Morrison. The brilliant Nobel laureate knew the power of words. Her eloquent expressions informed us and inspired

Whitewashing the Civil War

Color history whitewashed. The revisionist history of the Civil War continues today as Trump tries to defend his vile Charlottesville remark by praising Robert E Lee, a slave owner who led the fight against his own country to preserve slavery.

Whitewashing the Civil War

Color history whitewashed. The revisionist history of the Civil War continues today as Trump tries to defend his vile Charlottesville remark by praising Robert E Lee, a slave owner who led the fight against his own country to preserve slavery.

Jim Crow sign entrance Movie poster To Have and Have Not

When Movies Were Black and White- Jim Crow

  What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” had been  pretty much confirmed by

Jim Crow sign entrance Movie poster To Have and Have Not

When Movies Were Black and White- Jim Crow

  What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” had been  pretty much confirmed by

Vintage Illustration Voters

Every Vote Counts

You cannot value too highly your right to vote. It is the American Way. In the midst of the cold war, Metropolitan  Life Insurance  ran an ad encouraging Americans to embrace their  God-given American right to vote, a privilege not

Vintage Illustration Voters

Every Vote Counts

You cannot value too highly your right to vote. It is the American Way. In the midst of the cold war, Metropolitan  Life Insurance  ran an ad encouraging Americans to embrace their  God-given American right to vote, a privilege not

American Diversity?

  There is no way to whitewash this; when President Trump says he want to “Make America Great Again,” what is meant is “Make America White Again.” Trump’s Make America White Again white nationalist agenda has never been more evident

American Diversity?

  There is no way to whitewash this; when President Trump says he want to “Make America Great Again,” what is meant is “Make America White Again.” Trump’s Make America White Again white nationalist agenda has never been more evident

Vintage photo cop at lunch counter

Be White – You Can’t Afford Not To

Retro Police Profiling “You can usually spot a wrong kid just by the way he looks,” the cop on the beat remarks over a cup of coffee to the counterman in this 1958 ad from  American Institute of Men’s and

Vintage photo cop at lunch counter

Be White – You Can’t Afford Not To

Retro Police Profiling “You can usually spot a wrong kid just by the way he looks,” the cop on the beat remarks over a cup of coffee to the counterman in this 1958 ad from  American Institute of Men’s and

Blackface ad Lifesavers 1950

Blackface Never In Good Taste

  Among the collection of vintage advertising we’re likely never to see today can be added this 1950 advertisement for Lifesaver’s Pep o Mint. Thinking nothing wrong in using black face to advertise their candy one even half expects the

Blackface ad Lifesavers 1950

Blackface Never In Good Taste

  Among the collection of vintage advertising we’re likely never to see today can be added this 1950 advertisement for Lifesaver’s Pep o Mint. Thinking nothing wrong in using black face to advertise their candy one even half expects the

Living History-Civil War Centennial and the Civil Rights Movement

My Mad Men era childhood vacations were often spent visiting the past. On weekends and school holidays I traipsed through countless creaky old historical houses of men who helped make America great, curiously observed colonial cobblers and blacksmiths hard at

Living History-Civil War Centennial and the Civil Rights Movement

My Mad Men era childhood vacations were often spent visiting the past. On weekends and school holidays I traipsed through countless creaky old historical houses of men who helped make America great, curiously observed colonial cobblers and blacksmiths hard at

Johnny Reb Cannon

I Was a Johnny Reb

As the battle rages across the US over the fate of Confederate monuments and Rebel flags are being furled up tucked away in attics where they belong, it’s time for this Yankee to come clean. I was once a proud,

Johnny Reb Cannon

I Was a Johnny Reb

As the battle rages across the US over the fate of Confederate monuments and Rebel flags are being furled up tucked away in attics where they belong, it’s time for this Yankee to come clean. I was once a proud,

Vanity Fair Hitler Mussolini 1932 Fascism

History – Attention Must Be Paid: Listening to Charlottesville

There’s no way to whitewash this – it’s time to pay attention to history again. History played out in front of us all this past weekend and we could not look away from the vile images. Angry people carrying torches

Vanity Fair Hitler Mussolini 1932 Fascism

History – Attention Must Be Paid: Listening to Charlottesville

There’s no way to whitewash this – it’s time to pay attention to history again. History played out in front of us all this past weekend and we could not look away from the vile images. Angry people carrying torches