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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"A Racist Love Note"

Posted By on 02.15.12 at 02:09 PM

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  • Karen Horton
Now that it's over, let's keep talking about what a bad idea it was. Tomorrow Harvey Young, a professor of theater, performance studies, and African-American studies at Northwestern, presents the lecture "A Racist Love Note: Stereotypes and Caricatures on Early 20th Century Valentine's Day Cards," about which the title gives a pretty good idea of the topic. Young, who wrote the book Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body, discusses greetings cards manufactured for the mainstream—available for purchase, he says, "at the Walgreens and Jewel of their day"—that featured denigrating, racist imagery: "Their caricatures of lazy and dimwitted black people helped to justify segregation." More information is here. Thu 2/16, 7 PM, Evanston Public Library's Community Meeting Room, 1703 Orrington, Evanston, free.

Related: awesome blog Yo, Is This Racist? weighs in.

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