Identifying Black Caricatures - Brutes, c00ns, Toms, and Sapphires etc..

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  1. notPsychosiz

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    Why are you white people so obsessed with what us black people choose to do? You're on a predominately black forum trying to dictate to us about what we should talk about? Why don't you sign up to an all white forum with no black people so you that you worry about reading topics like this? :why:
     
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    One movie cliché I hate is the beat up the big black guy scence. Often there is a scene where the white hero demonstrates how tough he is by beating up a muscle bound brotha. For example most of the rocky movies were based on this concept.
     
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    Im not white
     
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    Hispanic isn't a race. You're white. :snoop:
     
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    I choose not to identify with race. I'm too mixed give a fukk about that.
     
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    At the end of the day you are NOT black so mind your fukking business. If we want to discuss shyt like this on a predominately black forum then we are completely entitled to, just like CACs are fully entitled to discuss whatever they want to on predominately white sites like Reddit and so on with every other group of people on this planet.

    You chose to sign up to a site that was a predominately black, remember that before you come up in these threads talking about you get tired of us black people discuss matters that affect our community today.
     
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    Great thread
     
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    Fam there's no need to get so upset. I may not be black but believe it or not, my words come from a place of caring. But do ya man I'm not demanding ya stop, I'm only giving advice on the perils of spending so much energy on the negative. That's an idea that transcends race. Negative energy can eat u up inside and I've seen it with the coli in the course of a few years. This forum has become an angry place. Ya letting them win and don't even know it.
     
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    breh we arent taught this stuff I don't really get how people don't see that. we learn about white history for sure and maybe they'll touch on harriet tubman and some very light surface information about black american life back then. we aren't atually taught our own damn history.

    the most well known are the mammy and uncle tom stereotypes. I bet you a large number of black people would be :ohhh: if you showed them the others. because they know the characteristics they just never knew they had an untrue deep racist history behind it.

    I mean how often do you hear c00ns saying they don't date black women because of that sapphire caricature
     
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    Where was the laws at for this shyt?

    Y'all know what'd been throwed, though?...If only boy wound up fukkin' ol' girl...
     
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    Not sure if this was posted, I'm too lazy to look through the thred

    The c00n Obsession with Chicken & Watermelon
    The c00n Obsession with Chicken & Watermelon

    Although the c00n caricature can be identified by his appearance alone, creators of pop culture imagery often amplified the negative reaction to the c00n by depicting him engaging in one or more disreputable behaviors. As discussed in the History of the c00n section, the c00n is often portrayed as a lazy, easily frightened, inarticulate, good-for-nothing buffoon. One of the most prevalent methods of achieving this effect was to depict the c00n as obsessed with stealing and eating chicken and watermelon. Of all the stereotypes of African Americans, this is the one that modern youth have the most trouble understanding. "It's just food," they say. "What's wrong with watermelon?" The answer is, that there is nothing wrong with chicken or watermelon. What is troubling is the way in which these foods have been used to portray Black Americans as less than human for the purpose of justifying systematic discrimination.
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    Origins of the Stereotypes
    It's unclear where the chicken and watermelon themes originated. They may have begun as Southern stereotypes and then evolved into anti-Black stereotypes during the antebellum period. Numerous primary sources chronicle Black resistance to slavery through "silent sabotage," or, day-to-day acts of resistance. Stealing from the master was one example. It seems logical that food would be among the most desirable of pilferable items, and chickens and watermelons would have been commonly available. For example, In his autobiographical account of being kidnapped and sold into slavery, Solomon Northup tells of being put in charge of punishing slaves who got into the master's watermelon patch. Rather than carry out the punishment, Northup had the slaves show him the way to the patch. Whatever the history, by the Jim Crow era chicken and watermelon obsession was firmly entrenched in the imagery of Black Americans being produced by White America.

    The connecting of Blacks to chicken and watermelon was done with the intention of dehumanizing Blacks, to subject them to ridicule, and to justify and solidify the discriminatory practices of Jim Crow. Although the odd item existed during the Reconstruction period, an explosion of c00n chicken and watermelon imagery occurred at the turn-of-the-century, just as a whole new generation of Black Americans was achieving adulthood who had never known the trauma of slavery firsthand, and who resisted the second-class citizen status imposed on them by Jim Crow. As these "New Negroes" pushed against segregation, they were met with a more violent pushback by White reactionaries. The Ku Klux Klan was reborn, and membership soared, as did White-on-Black vigilante violence, including the lynching of Blacks.


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    Concurrently, mainstream White America did their part to maintain the status quo by producing and consuming an endless river of anti-Black imagery, including items depicting c00ns as obsessed with chicken and watermelon. Nowhere is this more evident than in the imagery found on postcards. There are dozens of them, produced by Whites, marketed by Whites, sold by Whites, purchased by Whites, and sent through the official mail to other Whites, allowing the "in" group to share in the mocking and dehumanizing of the "other" over long distances.

    Anti-Black imagery often shows Blacks living in poverty. They are dressed poorly and speak in highly stereotypical dialect. Part of the message of the imagery is that Blacks are content with this standard of living. Their ambition does not extend to education, wealth, social and political power. Rather, they are such a lower life form, so animalistic, so lazy, that chicken and watermelon are all it takes to satisfy their ambitions. One postcard, for example, depicts a Black male with facial features so caricatured as to make him look like a circus clown, poised at the bottom of a chicken coop ladder while a row of chickens marches toward his sub-human gigantic open mouth. The caption reads, "A Dream of Paradise".

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    And the imagery was not restricted to Black adults. The Pickaninny caricature (child c00ns), are also painted in animalistic terms by chicken and watermelon imagery. One early 1900s postcards shows a black child, on the ground like and animal, with a slice of watermelon in his lap. The image is accompanied by the following poem:

    "WHO SAID WATERMELON?"
    George Washington Watermelon Columbus Brown
    I'se black as any little c00n in town
    At eating melon I can put a pig to shame
    For Watermelon am my middle name

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    In just four lines, the writer is able to mock the notion that Black children are worthy of being named after White founding fathers, to emphasize the child's "otherness" through his skin tone, and to use watermelon as a method of dehumanizing the child as being beneath a pig.
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    The postcard above epitomizes the imagery. The c00n is lazy, illiterate, and happy to do nothing but eat watermelon. He is a self-described "******". And, as if to emphasize his animalistic tendencies, it's made clear that he intends to eat not just the pulp of the watermelon, but the rind as well. Numerous images in the gallery below share this theme. Chicken and watermelon anti-Black imagery was also reflected in c00n songs, a music genre that was a phenomenon around the turn of the century. The most profound example of this is the song at the right, "****** Love a Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!. For more examples of the anti-Black chicken and watermelon theme in music, see the section on c00n songs.

    To emphasize the c00n's lack of ambition, he is often shown stealing chickens and watermelon, rather than producing them. Although there are a few images of Black-on-Black theft, most of the imagery shows or infers Blacks stealing from Whites. Sometimes they get caught, or endure physical trauma, and the violence is presented in such a way that the White consumer is made to feel content that a kind of social justice has been meted out. Subsequent imagery includes violence against blacks as a kind of game, such as the Darkey Five Pins bowling game shown here, and images of Black children as targets shown in the Pickaninny section.

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    By the 1930s a chain of restaurants by the name of c00n Chicken Inn was doing business on the West Coast. Above the entrance to each restaurant was the image of a giant, grinning c00n, wearing a porter's cap. The same image was plastered on everything from the menu, to advertisements, silverware, and takeout containers (see more c00n Chicken Inn imagery below). Chicken and watermelon imagery was prevalent in the Our Gang comedies of Hal Roach, and in cartoons produced well into the 1940s. In the 1950s, the imagery began a steady decline. It was most often found in softer versions on postcards and as knickknack souvenirs from the South (presumably presented as "Old South" imagery for Northern tourist consumption), and in other household items. In more recent years, old imagery from the early 1900s has been resurrected, plastered on posters, mouse pads, and watch faces, and sold as "new" items.

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    By 1970, anti-Black chicken and watermelon imagery had largely disappeared, but adults from that era had no trouble identifying the theme and its racial connotations. In some cases, the imagery became instructional. A 1970 film, The Watermelon Man, told the story of a White bigot who wakes up one morning to discover that he has become a Black man. The rest of the film chronicles the numerous injustices done to him, even by persons who had known him when White, and his gradual acceptance of his condition. By the turn of the next century, a whole new generation of Americans, Black and White, had grown up with limited exposure to the imagery. In 2009, a play by David Mamet opened on Broadway called Race. It told the story of a wealthy White man accused of raping a Black woman, who is defended by a legal partnership--one White, one Black. In an interview with NPR, actor David Alan Grier described how reaction to the play varied from audience to audience. When his character says to a little Black child, "where's your watermelon?" Grier described how the older generation of Blacks in the audience reacted with horror, while the younger generation found it extremely funny.
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    Ignorance of the hatred and degradation associated with this and other anti-Black imagery was a theme Spike Lee explored in his film, Bamboozled (2000). A Black television executive, hoping to get fired from his job, pitches the idea of a new television show based on the old Black minstrel shows. Much to his horror, the show is not only approved, but becomes a huge hit. Even one of the Black street performers recruited to star in the show in blackface is seemingly oblivious to the imagery, seeing only his chance to be a big star. Ignorance about the racial history of this stereotype clearly cuts across racial lines.

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    In 1989, while stationed at a Marine Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, this author was standing in the chow line and noticed that the menu had a particular theme--fried chicken, black-eyed peas, and watermelon. I soon realized, to my horror, that it was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. I do not know if this gesture was intended as a racist joke, or if the head cook really thought that offering such food was a way of honoring Dr. King, but none of my fellow Marines, Black or White, batted an eye. Similarly, in 2010, a Black woman in charge of the cafeteria at NBC studios was given permission to create a special menu in honor of Black History Month. She created a similar menu of fried chicken, collard greens, and black-eyed peas. A cafeteria patron snapped a photo of the menu and it was soon zipping around the Internet. It was quickly removed and an apology was issued by NBC. The Black chef, Leslie Calhoun, told a reporter that she did not understand the controversy. "It's not trying to offend anybody and it's not trying to suggest that that's all that African-Americans eat. It's just a good meal. I thought it would go over well." Unfortunately, all too often Whites use instances such as these to excuse their own use of racist slurs and imagery.
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    Obviously, Black Americans are not born with an innate knowledge of the history of this imagery. Blacks sometimes unwitting perpetuate the very same stereotypes they have been victimized by for centuries.
    If any doubt exists as to the historical intent of chicken and watermelon c00n imagery and its continued power, one need only look at the imagery created during the campaign and election of Barack Obama, the nation's first African American President. As the long, dramatic Democratic Party primary season unwound, White American racists gathered in their own hate-filled corner of the Internet and agonized over the prospect of a Black president. For months, they made an attempt to relieve their anxiety by creating and posting "photoshopped" images and animated gifs for their mutual amusement.

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    It shouldn't be a surprise that the common theme was to type-cast this Harvard-educated man, whose most ardent critics admit is one of the most eloquent speech-writers and speech-makers of his generation, as the stereotypical lazy, ignorant, sub-human c00n--the very
    product of the White created racist imagery of a bygone era. Neither should it be a surprise that their go-to imagery included depictions of then-candidate Obama and his wife as chicken & watermelon obsessed "nikkas".

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    And these were the least offensive of the images they created. Many others were so heinous that the Authentic History Center made the determination that they were too offensive to be reproduced here, even though the site is dedicated to educating about the history and consequences of racist imagery. Clearly, the historical hatred connected to this imagery is not forgotten by modern racists.
    And anti-Obama chicken and watermelon imagery wasn't confined to the portions of the Internet frequented only by White supremacists. By election day 2008, it was finding its way into the local and national politics of the Republican Party. In May, 2008, a liberal blogger created a satirical post on a fictional Obama food stamp plan, complete with the image of a fake food stamp with classic anti-Black stereotyped imagery. It was intended as a jab at Fox-News-watching right-wingers who, according to the blog's author, would be terrified by the prospect of any extensions of government welfare under an Obama administration. Months later, as the general campaign between Obama and McCain heated up, an organization called Chaffey Community Republican Women, from San Bernardino County, California, included the image in one of their newsletters.

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    Since Barack Obama's inauguration, racist imagery of the President, including chicken and watermelon imagery, has continued to be created and endorsed by the Republican Party and its members. In 2009, the Republican National Committee's Facebook page included a photoshopped image uploaded by a fan. It shows a close-up of President Obama eating a piece of chicken. The caption of the photo is a rant against the Loving v. Virginia 1967 Supreme Court case, which ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage. The image was taken down only after protests in other media outlets. The message is clear: Blacks are sub-human, and ought not to be able to legally marry and have children with Whites. In February 2009, the Republican mayor of Los Alamitos, a small town in Orange County, California, sent out an image of the White House with the lawn filled with watermelons, and the caption, "No Easter Egg Hunt This Year."

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    Included on the Mayor's email list was a black businesswoman and city volunteer, who took umbrage to the email. The White Republican eventually resigned over the incident. Additional anti-Black, anti-Obama racist imagery continued to be created as the nation's first Black President served his term in office. Despite the ignorance of some Americans, especially young Americans, about the history of this imagery, its use to degrade, dehumanize and inspire hatred of "the other" is very much alive in the 21st century.

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    Honestly whatever man do ya and enjoy posting these images :manny:. I hope ya are getting some benefit from it that I'm just not seeing. All the best.
     
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    Breh, i hate to go the "you have to be black to understand" route, but you have to be black to understand. This stuff is not only NOT TAUGHT, but its purposely hidden and tucked away for a specific reason. Ill use myself as an example. I just recently started becoming aware of all of these things within the past year or so. Before then i was admittingly ignorant to black history and what we've been through as a people. I knew the basics but was unaware of exactly how systemic and deep the hatred ran. I had no idea about the Black WallStreet story till about 6months ago via the coli. I had no idea that white slaveowners received reparations for the ending of slavery. I had no idea the economic benefits that slavery had in making AmeriKKKa what it is today. I had no idea the tactics and techniques used( and still used)by the white man to INTENTIONALLY keep blacks oppressed. Finding out all of these things made me angry. But thats what i needed. I needed that anger to make me appreciate what my people went through. But most of all i needed this knowledge to help me realize WHY THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE TODAY. We simply "accept" things in life. No questions asked. Ive said this in other threads, but if black people were TRULY aware of the past there's no way we would celebrate things like Thanksgiving & July 4th. Those are white supremacist holidays. Thats just 1 example of how "blind" we are as a people.
    The more knowledge i gain of the past the prouder i become in being a black man also. This is a huge reason why the white man intentionally alters and hides the past. They dont want us to become a proud people. They dont want us to become unified. They dont want a resurgance of "black pride". White supremacy depends on our own ignorance, division and materialism. This is why they flood the airwaves with music that promotes "kill dat nikka" "shoot dat nikka" & "spend spend spend". Amerikkka would be turned upside down if blacks on a mass scale unified as 1 and supported each other financially. They dont want us "waking up". Gaining knowledge of the past and the true history of this country is doing just that: waking us up.
    TheColi is a reflection of whats going on outside. Black people are waking up conciously hence the threads about race. We NEED these discussions. We NEED to educate ourselves so we can pass it down to the next generation. The white man would erase our past from every book on earth if they could. Our future depends on us spreading and gaining knowledge of our past. Im sorry but topics like these are only going to get more in abundance as we awaken as a people. You mite as well start looking for a new site
     
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