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    Why is this surprising?

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/living...ing/index.html

    As distasteful and racist as this painting is, it's from 1929. Why is it being talked about as shocking? 1929 was a far cry from today. I'm surprised that there aren't more pictures like this from that era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandsjames View Post
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/living...ing/index.html

    As distasteful and racist as this painting is, it's from 1929. Why is it being talked about as shocking? 1929 was a far cry from today. I'm surprised that there aren't more pictures like this from that era.
    Because Dr. Suess is a beloved author of children's books.
    All behold that fancy strutting peacock, the bake sale diva...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    Because Dr. Suess is a beloved author of children's books.

    Oh, that's right...and everyone who works with children are squeaky clean...This reminds me of the shock that takes place every time a Disney child star turns into an alcoholic/druggie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandsjames View Post
    Oh, that's right...and everyone who works with children are squeaky clean...This reminds me of the shock that takes place every time a Disney child star turns into an alcoholic/druggie.
    It has to do with not thinking of these personalities as real people.

    Dr. Seuss was a persona not a person. I'm used to thinking about Dr. Suess in connection to Green Egg & Ham, and not a racist cartoon.

    I was a bit surprised when I saw that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandsjames View Post
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/living...ing/index.html

    As distasteful and racist as this painting is, it's from 1929. Why is it being talked about as shocking? 1929 was a far cry from today. I'm surprised that there aren't more pictures like this from that era.
    Maybe there are more paintings, but the liberals have already silenced any chance they had of being auctioned/sold off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    It has to do with not thinking of these personalities as real people.

    Dr. Seuss was a persona not a person. I'm used to thinking about Dr. Suess in connection to Green Egg & Ham, and not a racist cartoon.

    I was a bit surprised when I saw that too.
    Would it lead you to not read his books to your kids? I'd have to think about it...I imagine that every prominent white American writer from that era was equally as racist so books from that time would be pretty limited if the criteria was based on the author's feelings about race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandsjames View Post
    Would it lead you to not read his books to your kids? I'd have to think about it...I imagine that every prominent white American writer from that era was equally as racist so books from that time would be pretty limited if the criteria was based on the author's feelings about race.
    Naw, I'd still read them to kids because I love those books.

    It was surprising because it was something I didn't know, and didn't expect.
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    If i had kids and they were into Dr Seuss, i wouldn't care about his ethics back then. Just like there are many current singers i can't stand personally but love listening to their music.

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    Was everyone "equally racist" at the time? I don't know. I suspect that the levels of racism between the Emancipation and now has had peaks and valleys. In 1929, it probably would have been a peak... as that was about 15 years after Birth of a Nation was released. For those who may not be aware, the Ku Klux Klan disbanded in the 1870's. This movie depicted the KKK as heroes, and stirred fear of black people. As a result, the KKK was revived. Also, believe it or not, many states didn't have laws banning interracial marriage until this point. Dr. Suess definitely could have been among the many to get caught up in the moment.
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