Saturday, November 13, 2021

Satchel Paige and TV ads

Now that President Biden has mentioned the “great Negro, Satchel Paige,” it might be okay for me to mention an increasing number of dancing Negro ads on television. Progressive Hollywood and Madison Avenue ad producers are well-versed in Negro roles in film: Steppin Fetchit, Snowflake, Aunty, Janitor, Mammy with a head kerchief, what the Wikipedia article on Fred Toones describes as “a prime example of racial and social stereotyping in the Hollywood film industry.” Democratic inventions all. Present-day ads have not presented the Negro as frightened of snakes, ghosts, cemeteries at night, but that is only a matter of time. Oh, and throw in some watermelon, too. Just to keep things Progressive.





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