Early Animation And Black Stereotypes: How Cartoons Taught Youngsters To Hate Every Different

Few issues are extra heartwarming and nostalgia-inducing than the thought of Saturday morning cartoons. Think about:

You’re a child within the 1940s. You’ve had one helluva week. Of, you recognize, not ravenous or of working the fields or of sawing planks on the mill. Child stuff. On prime of that, you’re on the mercy of your quickly rising physique and mind, and so Saturday rolls round — and you may lastly chill with a cup of espresso lower with whiskey and giggle alongside to some animated hijinks. And also you don’t even discover how your tiny little mind simply accepts no matter photographs play on that wow-humdinger of a tv set.

And right here’s the factor — a few of these photographs have been REALLY tousled. Like, racist, xenophobic, sexist. However the youngsters who noticed them? They didn’t know any higher. So then these youngsters develop up, have youngsters of their very own, after which make loopy racist feedback on the dinner desk repeatedly. Or maybe form public coverage. Or get a job on a information desk. Or insult a whole folks whereas asking you to cross the rolls. I’m speaking to you, Grandpa.

However it goes past ‘that one’ odd racist within the household

In 2019 two separate broadcasters mentioned the phrases “Martin Luther Coon” on tv whereas delivering the information.

You learn that appropriately.

In our first episode of Brainwashed By Toons, you’ll see how cartoons throughout the “Golden Age of Hollywood” contribute to spreading hurtful black stereotypes and assist clarify how these prejudiced concepts have been handed from era to era in leisure.

The Golden Age of Hollywood refers to a interval within the leisure business starting from 1910 to 1960. Throughout that point, the visible revolution of films, tv, and cartoons helped form the views of individuals all over the world.

Seems, a few of these views weren’t the best, and early leisure — particularly cartoons — performed a major position in subtly (and never so subtly) spreading racial, non secular, ethnic, and sexual stereotypes.

However we are able to overlook about all that, proper? As a result of happily, everybody has developed over the previous 100 years and bigotry and sexism are fully useless eternally! Proper?!


The messages in these cartoons from 100 years in the past are nonetheless very a lot alive at this time. And this sequence goals to offer some historic context and information us in direction of the evolution we desperately want wasn’t a joke in that final paragraph.

Creator & Director
Neil Garguilo

Lead Vocals
Wayne Brady

Backup Vocals
Lauren Evans

The Goal Owl
Neil Garguilo

Wayne Brady, Dwayne Colbert & Neil Garguilo

James Jenkins 

Kip Smedley

Govt Producers
Dwayne Colbert, Neil Garguilo, Chris Michael & David Saint

Gregory James Jenkins & Rob O’Connor 

Affiliate Producer
Kristin Sanchez

Rob O’Connor

Unique Animation
Griffin Giersch

Vic Campos

Remastered Archival Footage
Thunderbean Animation 

Rafael Raffaele Leisure, LLC

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