Lincoln made slavery illegal 157 years ago, in 1863, but it was insufficient to eliminate racism. The reminders of slavery weren’t eliminated so a group of people decided to remove the things they associate with slavery. They have not been able to destroy the differences between people which they conclude, wrongly, is the cause of the different reactions to things between black people and people of other skin colors. Aunt Jemima was a black woman who was on Aunt Jemima pancake mix which was OK until some people thought showing a black woman’s face on pancake mix was a silent signal to white people that black people were servants and servants are just about the same as slavery. The image of Auntie went from a black woman with a kerchief to a black woman without a kerchief but that still reminded black people that there was slavery so the photo itself had to go. Same for Uncle Ben’s Rice. The old black guy had to go. Same for Mrs. Butterworth’s pancake syrup and the black chef on Cream ‘o Wheat. Then there are the three white fairy’s on Rice Krispies…  Superman.. Captain Marvel, Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, Mickey Mouse, Marilyn Monroe, .. Gotta go. Good bye to the black faces.Jane Russell, Mae West, Mutt ‘n Jeff, Minstrel Shows, … on and on forever in all directions.

“This study found high levels of observed stereotypes towards Blacks, American Indian/Alaska Natives and Hispanics with adults from these groups all perceived as being lazy, violence prone, unintelligent, and with unhealthy habits more than Whites by substantial proportions of White adults who work and/or volunteer with children. Conversely, each of these stereotypes was observed at lower levels for Asians adults than for Whites, suggesting persistence of ‘model minority’ images, with low levels of stereotype endorsement also observed for PI/NH adults. Age-related stereotypes diffused racial/ethnic stereotypes to some degree for teens and young children, although negative stereotypes towards Blacks, American Indian/Alaska Natives and Hispanics persisted for young children and adolescents. Findings suggest that White adults who work and/or volunteer with children in the U.S. require ongoing support to counter stereotypes and develop positive racial/ethnic attitudes and beliefs. Such work must reach beyond finding more sophisticated ways of understanding the complexities of prejudice to finding the most effective ways of preventing and addressing prejudice and its consequences for health from childhood through adulthood.” The study was deeply flawed however because it did not analyse or catalog the similarities and differences among and between people with similar or different skin color.

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