Black People : Sarina Williams cartoon

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While driving on my recent vacation I tuned I to progressive radio one morning and listened to a show hosted by a black woman who's name I can't recall but she may be well known in here. Anyway this lady was outraged by the Sarina meltdown cartoon caricature that she said harkened back to the old Sambo depictions of blacks. She said Sarinas lips and hair and body were blown out of proportion and my thought was yeah, that's kind of what a caricature is. The artist amplifies and blows out of proportion whatever physical traits the subject has. My question is can we not have black caricatures now because it's offensive and reminiscent of old Sambo drawings? Caricatures of any famous black persons are no longer allowed?
 

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Screenshot_2018-09-19-14-53-33.png Screenshot_2018-09-19-14-53-33.png After posting this OP decided to do a bit of research and remind myself of the Sambo character. I also found the following and I think the radio host would have been more accurate comparing the Sarina cartoon to the old "coon" images.

"The coon caricature is one of the most insulting of all anti-black caricatures. The name itself, an abbreviation of raccoon, is dehumanizing. As with Sambo, the coon was portrayed as a lazy, easily frightened, chronically idle, inarticulate, buffoon. The coon differed from the Sambo in subtle but important ways. Sambo was depicted as a perpetual child, not capable of living as an independent adult. The coon acted childish, but he was an adult; albeit a good-for-little adult. Sambo was portrayed as a loyal and contented servant. Indeed, Sambo was offered as a defense for slavery and segregation. How bad could these institutions have been, asked the racialists, if blacks were contented, even happy, being servants? The coon, although he often worked as a servant, was not happy with his status. He was, simply, too lazy or too cynical to attempt to change his lowly position. Also, by the 1900s, Sambo was identified with older, docile blacks who accepted Jim Crow laws and etiquette; whereas coons were increasingly identified with young, urban blacks who disrespected whites. Stated differently, the coon was a Sambo gone bad."

https://ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jimcrow/coon/coon-character-gallery-01.htm





Really though I don't think the Sarina caricature can reasonbly be compared to the really disgusting "coon" portrait.
 

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The problem is not the caricatures. Many black people have been depicted as such. The problem was the way she was particularly shown. Thus the counter attack showing many white tennis players acting worse. Both sambo and coon references to blacks have never been done in a positive manner. So this is a racialized view



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I think you're being intentionally disrespectful to us.

As such, this thread is closed and you are banned.

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