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Ah, racism, it never really dies. Luckily it’s not nearly as blatant today as it has been for much of the past. If you want proof, just take a look at all of these racist vintage advertisements. Do you think any of them would be acceptable today?

Be sure to let us know which one is the worst in the comments below.

racist yum yum apples ad

racist watermelon ad

Racist epithet? Yup. Offensive stereotype? Yup. Horribly racist pun? Yup. This is like a home run for racism.

shredded wheat ad

So, in some ways this ad is complimentary to the Japanese people. Sadly that compliment is based on misinformation and the derogatory use of a shortened version of Japanese.

racist war propaganda

Yeah, we get it, we were at war with Japan at the time. It still doesn’t make this any less racist.

racist uncle remus ad

Because of course black people couldn’t use proper English. *eye roll*

Racist Van Heusen ad

Because only a savage wouldn’t wear something made by an incredibly racist company.

racist picaninny freeze ad

As delicious as watermelon ice cream sounds, we wouldn’t buy from a company who is this obvious in its prejudice.

racist rice council of america ad

Yes, we have. Oh, and the Chinese also eat things other than rice.

racist pears' soap ad

Oh, so black people only need to use your brand of soap and they’ll magically be white? And white is better!

No. Just no.

racist pears' soap ad 2

The white man’s burden is that we’ll eventually have to own up to our racist past.

racist hires ad

Oh, a black man serving white folks using broken English. How original…

racist jell-o ad

The words “this” and “over” are apparently very difficult to pronounce.

racist maxwell house ad

That’s the worst example of blackface we’ve ever seen.

racist gold dust twins ad

We’re just shaking our heads. We do have to give it to them for the Wright/Right Brothers pun.

racist fashion publicity company ad

This ad, besides being racist, doesn’t even make sense.

racist flit ad

Because the illiterate black woman trope isn’t tired enough…

racist friskies ad

It’s authentic because it has feathers in it. And you know, all American Indians wore the same type of headdress. Duh!

racist fritos ad

Cliché appearance? Yup! Cliché mispronunciation of a common word? Youbetcha.

racist general electric sink ad

It’s so nice of your to give the help some help. Oh, and if you’re poor it’s good for you too, lady whose husband is the breadwinner so of course she stays home all day and does the dishes, because apparently he’s incapable.

Racism and sexism in one ad! Kudos, GE. Kudos.

racist Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco

Obscenely racist caricatures are nothing new.

racist canadian patriotic fund

We don’t even know where to begin.

racist elliott's white veneer ad

Again with the offensive caricatures. Really, we get it.

racist fairy soap ad

Implying that black people are dirty is very classy.

racist bobb's bar ad

Nobody in the office here at Chaostrophic could figure out what the f*ck this ad is even saying. No. F*cking. Clue.

 

 

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