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Advertisers pandering to society’s ignorance is nothing new. And these vintage ads are like a time-capsule in the way that they perfectly encapsulate everything that was wrong with America’s racist history. As you’ll see here, the horrible racist stereotypes and caricatures in these advertisements and vintage posters still haunt with their harmful portrayals of pretty much every ethnic group.
These horribly racist ads will make you cry, scream with horror, and probably have you throwing things across the room. What’s remarkable is the way they use racial caricatures, pictures, and stereotypes to stir the (racist) pot of fear and hatred while selling totally innocuous products. Want some racism with your cornflakes? Kelloggs has you covered! How about some black-face minstrelsy with your cigar? You have your pick!
While it seems only appropriate to mock these horribly racist ads, sarcasm doesn’t take away from the fact that these are a real and accurate (albeit horrifying) fact of the US’s racist past. This is advertising and advertisement at its very worst, but it’s also a frightening reminder of just how far we’ve come. Check out these racist and horrible adverts to witness a melting pot of racist stereotypes, and be sure to vote up the most horribly racist ads in the bunch.