The truth is not only disappointing, but it provides shocking evidence of the pervasive racism in America, from the 1800's through the 1950's, and how it was an everyday, common experience. Hopefully, the following vintage valentine cards will remind us to be ever alert to the more subtle forms of racism alive today and the courage to fight it.
I know that I'll hear from someone about how I just don't have a sense of humor, you know, can't take a joke. Someone else will comment that this valentine card wasn't serious, "It doesn't mean hang the Negra literally." If the above description is what you plan on doing, forget it.
Forget about me and save yourself.
America's racism against the Chinese shouldn't be a surprise. The Chinese Exclusion Act was the only U.S. law to ever prevent immigration and naturalization on the basis of race. These laws brought additional suffering by preventing the reunion of the families of thousands of Chinese men living in the U.S. who had left China without their wives and children.
Native Americans have experienced discrimination and marginalization through wars, massacre, forced displacement (like the Trail of Tears), restriction of food rights and the imposition of treaties. Click here to read more about the American Indian.
The two valentines to follow aren't racist just very offensive and discriminatory. In the first, from good old Hallmark, the skunk illustrates what men have done to the women they abuse -- threaten to hurt themselves and others and blame it on the woman that they've abused and emotionally blackmailed.
The last valentine is offensive towards women, whom men believe they have a right to rape. In case you missed the clues, the doctor isn't wearing trousers and he's clucking his patient's chin. Both the woman and the dog are obviously frightened. But, hey, it's just a valentine card.
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CLICK AND READ: "California Councilman's Hateful Rhetoric: I'm A Proud Racist"
Written by Sharon McEachern