Welcome new readers! Glad you found us. To clarify a bit: I’ve been quoted as saying that I see Lebron James as an animalistic black man; that isn’t even close to what I’m trying to get across in this post. The point is that there is a long history in the United States of imaging black men as brutish, and comparing black people to monkeys and apes. A good deal of racist propaganda has rested on those images, and they’re a deeply ingrained part of our cultural history. That’s why this Vogue cover, which plays on racist imagery, is troubling. And please keep in mind that just because you don’t see racism, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t there, or that the people who do see it are the “real” racists. And please check out this update post on the Vogue issue, which I think visually clarifies the imagery a lot better.
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Jesus Christ. Is it really 2008?
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