Jeff Sessions gave a speech to sheriffs on Monday sprinkled with a bit of white supremacy. In Sessions’ attempt to commend sheriffs for doing what they do, he evoked his love of law enforcement’s “Anglo-American” heritage.
All of the studios of the period (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Iwerks, Lantz, Fleischer, etc) engaged in the production of cartoons with racial stereotypes, some studios more than others. While the regrettable images appeared in a relatively small portion of the overall output of those studios, they did exist.
“Dry, lifeless hair can take the fun out of your life,” intones an announcer in a 1950s ad for the haircare product Brylcreem, “but you can put it back with Brylcreem—with Brylcream, a little dab will do you.” The ad might seem a little rough by 2017 sensibilities, but some 60 years later we’re still attracted to the shine promised by cosmetics and personal care products. Toothpaste companies pledge that they’ll give us blindingly white smiles, while deodorant manufacturers dangle the hope of a life without stink. The advertisements that we see and the products we buy help determine and reinforce what we view as normal.
The Orioles beat the Red Sox 5-2 at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday night to advance to 16-8 on the season and maintain their spot atop the AL East. But after the game, Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones was not in the mood to talk baseball. Rather, Jones—who was one of just 62 African-American players on opening day MLB rosters this season, according to USA Today—wanted to discuss the racial abuse that he was subjected to throughout the game.
Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona was found dead Saturday under what appear to be mysterious circumstances. The 51-year old self-proclaimed “leader of the invisible empire” reportedly told his wife that his employer called him in to drive across the state to make a delivery Saturday. However, according to a report from local paper the St. Louis Daily Journal, Ancona’s employer denied this account, and the business reported Ancona missing.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters took the to the streets on Saturday for a historic Women’s March on Washington. Following Friday’s Inauguration protests throughout the Downtown area of Washington D.C., Saturday morning saw the crowd of protesters growing by the thousands into the afternoon. The Women’s March successfully shut down multiple streets, include the area surrounding the Washington Monument.
A remorseless white man accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager to death in Charleston, West Virginia, after they bumped into each other Monday evening confessed and called his victim a “piece of trash,” police said.