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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Must See: Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

Hat Tip to Abagond for linking to this as part of the series Stereotypes about Black women.

This is Women's History Month. Take some time out today to learn about the history of some of the stereotypes that we are fighting with folks about. In case you didn't know, there is an entire museum or racist memorabilia from the Jim Crow era. They break out stereotypes by gender, age, and of course race. It is called the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. The artifacts and illustrations are great, but the historical context that the museum provides on their website is great as well.

They break down the history of all of the stereotypes and the caricatures, many of which are still embedded in popular culture today:

Jezebel Stereotype, Brute Caricature,Mammy Caricature,Picaninny Caricature, Coon Caricature, Tom Caricature,The Tragic Mulatto, Nigger and Caricatures,Golliwog Caricature, and the Nat Caricature.
I mean they BREAK. IT. DOWN! Going into the etymology of the N-word, differentiating the N word and "coon." They answer questions like "Who Was Jim Crow? " and "What Was Jim Crow?"For those of you on the battle field and waging war, it is a must read. They have lots of great pictures and illustrations as well.

The include information about Racist Cartoons and New Racist Forms you can also go on a virtual tour.

They need to take ever artist, video vixen and comedian on a tour. It is just too much information to go into in a post. You need to have a looksee at your leisure.