You Have to be Carefully Taught

posted 22nd Jul 2020, 11:17 AM

You Have to be Carefully Taught
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22nd Jul 2020, 11:17 AM

Marcel

I have a notepad full of comic ideas that I'm doing pretty much in the order that I wrote them down. I decided to move this one up to the top because BLACK LIVES MATTER!
I think that many people don't realize just how endemic racism was in American popular culture. I remember reading an article from a site that reprinted old Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, etc. magazines. The article was from the mid 1930s about new attractions we'll see at State Fairs next year. I paraphrase, "And now we come to the Midway. One of the new fun attractions features a metal cut-out of a baseball batter. Players get three balls for a nickel. If they hit the bat and spin him around they win a prize. It's a variation of the old Hit the N----- in the Head game, but with a new twist!" Wait, WHAT? I looked it up and found that they really did hire a Black man to put his head through a hole in a wall and White families would have fun throwing balls at him. There were injuries. People had concussions, lost teeth and eyes. Imaging living in a society where that's the best job you could get. Here's a link to a cartoon where Popeye was very good at that game. I saw this on TV numerous times, but had no idea what I was looking at!

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22nd Jul 2020, 12:28 PM

Mrremoraman

Fascinating observation! It's almost like you just saw them as people or something...

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22nd Jul 2020, 12:28 PM

mitchellbravo

Enjoyed this strip, particularly the art in the zooming-in panels, and the anecdote you shared.

I agree with your postulation as well about people "not getting it"- a lot of people seemed to genuinely think that "Obama getting elected- happy now? Racism is over." It takes a lot of internal work that a lot of people odn't really feel comfortable doing. Emmett Till was within living memory. These aren't artefacts from a foreign, ancient time- they're nearly contemporary.

Anyway, thanks for the thought provoking update today.

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22nd Jul 2020, 7:21 PM

Marcel

Thanks! I'm trying to get better with my art. I reused the TV from a previous comic and imported the screenies from the pilot episode on YouTube. The funny thing is that the resolution exactly matched the size of the TVs! I just had to put the screens in a layer below them. As for the zooming-in, imagine trying to draw what your eyes looked like sixty years ago! I bet you can't! LOL!

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22nd Jul 2020, 1:30 PM

area5.1

Absolutely, you have to be taught this shit!

I did wonder once why they did't show Popeye on the TV anymore... okay there's always a punch-up, and violence is bad.. But we used to love watching him as a kid. The fact that the cartoon you linked to is shocking is a good sign.

Then last week we had our own incident (caught on camera) where a police officer was kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black person. It might not be so blatant (as on Popeye), but it's still obviously there.

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22nd Jul 2020, 6:39 PM

Marcel

I think it's a positive thing that they're almost always on camera now. It's getting a lot harder to cover this stuff up.

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22nd Jul 2020, 1:34 PM

Paztoid

I grew up in a small town. All white people. The only black people I saw were on tv. They were usually portrayed as maids, garbage men or in some other low wage job. Other shows had them being mentally inferior. Fortunately my parents considered all people to be equal and instilled that in me. A couple of Mark Twain's books I read as a kid shocked me a bit. :)

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22nd Jul 2020, 6:34 PM

Marcel

Me too at first, then we moved to Oakland! :D

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22nd Jul 2020, 1:40 PM

BlueDragon

I'm glad you moved this forward.


I have a lot of thoughts on this. But suffice it say, I hate how parents condition their children into prejudice.

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22nd Jul 2020, 6:31 PM

Marcel

Thanks. At the rate I put these out it would be many more months before it came out. By then all our racial problems could be solved ;) I wanted to do this while it's still pertinent!

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22nd Jul 2020, 7:20 PM

BlueDragon

Ha ha ha touche!

I did genuinely laugh at your response XD

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22nd Jul 2020, 2:37 PM

BitterBadger

Tell me about it! My folks being "baby-boomers", I can't literally watch television without my folks talking about how the races kept to themselves back in the 50's-70's, and I'm like "There's nothing wrong with an interracial couple!"

Of course, They didn't bat an eye when I started dating white and asian women though.

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22nd Jul 2020, 5:37 PM

Marcel

As a Baby Boomer myself, I'm somewhat disgusted with my generation, well not all of them. When did most of us turn into our grandparents? We lived through the civil rights movement and anti-war protests! Well, my daughter still jokingly calls me a dirty hippie and I'm proud of that!

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22nd Jul 2020, 7:49 PM

mitchellbravo

I think there's a lot of good boomers, they're just unfortunately quieter than the others. (you could say this about a lot of groups). I also blame social media for a lot of it. Might sound weird, but I think of my aunt, who was definitely a hippie and pretty open minded, but got in with a mentally ill guy who was growing more and more neo-nazi, adn when he died, she took to facebook and that's when she started repeating all the conspiracy theories and racist stuff. It was weird to see someone who 10 years ago was wanting to learn Spanish so she could talk to her neighbors and customers, suddenly posting insane racist screeds.

(Maybe I should blame the neo-nazi more... though the downward spiral really seemed to take off after he died)

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22nd Jul 2020, 8:43 PM

BitterBadger

Oh yeah, whenever I'm shown what's considered "evidence" of wrongdoing of certain groups of people on Facebook, I just have to remind my father that it's nothing more than hate-filled propaganda with no basis in reality.


Makes me feel sorry for your aunt, truly. At a certain point I only end up feeling pity for those who go down the path of resentment and bigotry. The internet makes it SO easy to live in one's own bubble, that's for sure.

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22nd Jul 2020, 8:26 PM

BitterBadger

lol, the title "dirty hippie" does have a nice ring to it!

It's amazing to see the parallels of this generation to the anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights Movement, for sure! Never dreamed that young people today would take those examples and follow through with such coherent, energized protests!

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22nd Jul 2020, 7:54 PM

chris-tar

All I know is I have never hated black people, and when I was younger, I was attracted to many black girls, so I did not think that they were "beneath me".
I just want everyone to get along and be "equal".
I do feel however, that because of my very white features, blond hair, blue eyes, light skin, I notice that when I interact with some black people, they seem a little irritated or triggered by me, and that hurts my feelings because I had no choice over my skin color.
I honestly do not know what to do about race relations in this country. I can barely pay my own rent sometimes.

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22nd Jul 2020, 8:39 PM

Marcel

Yeah, I've experienced that. Maybe it's because I'm too White and Nerdy. Unfortunately, hatred and distrust of the "other" is a common theme among humans.
And Hey! You ditched your hat!

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22nd Jul 2020, 9:39 PM

chris-tar

Thanks for your understanding.
I ditched the rabbit because I really only borrowed it and it was time to give it back. The rabbit is an original idea by comicfury artist "Panda Cop". I placed it in my avatar as an "homage" to the comic strip "Cosmic Warriors" that featured my character "Brock Trueblood" as the winner in "Round 4". It was a very fun experience for me.

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