Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors: Stories from the Jim Crow Museum

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Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors examines the origins and significance of several longstanding antiblack stories and the caricatures and stereotypes that support them. Here readers will find representations of the lazy, childlike Sambo, the watermelon-obsessed pickaninny, the buffoonish minstrel, the subhuman savage, the loyal and contented mammy and Tom, and the menacing, razor-toting coon and brute. Malcolm X and James Baldwin both refused to eat watermelon in front of white people. They were aware of the jokes ...

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Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors: Stories from the Jim Crow Museum
2017, PM Press

ISBN-13: 9781629634371

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