not. hilarious.

or, “how things got this way.” or, “thank you, racist advertising, for so effectively screwing us up.”

I had never heard the “made at night” thing before reading the comments on the picture I posted last week.  “Funny” how that’s still going around all these years later.  Kind of reminds me of the time my three year old self was called tar baby by a fellow (white)toddler.  I don’t think this is an ad.  It’s probably from a children’s book (perhaps that commenter’s favorite childhood bedtime story.)  Even “better.”

These previous two are another reason why “light skin vs. dark skin dodgeball tournament” cannot be funny to me. Ever. I have answered my own question.  Not ok.

copy reads:
Jell-O is known to all sections as “America’s Most Famous Dessert.”  In the South, for instance, it is inexpensive enough to be found in the cabins of the old plantations.  It is delicious enough to meet the standards of good living at the “Big House.” It is dainty enough for milady’s afternoon tea.  It is appealing enough to turn the sinful, of any color, away from his neighbor’s melon patch.

Let’s break this down:

“cabins of the old plantations” = slave quarters.

“sinful of any color” = just kidding, we mean the darkys… get it?  melon patch! ha! they sure do love watermelon!

I, personally, have always hated jell-o.

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6 thoughts on “not. hilarious.

  1. It’s good that you’re revealing real history in this way. People don’t like to look at it in this way because they’re too used to the lies being told in the school textbooks. If only more folks would take the time to LOOK at it, then they’ll understand how close we are to that time and perhaps they’ll react to things a lot differently….and it’s just sad!!! The ignorance!

  2. OMG! That “Darkey in a Watermelon” picture just shouts out metaphors as to just how blacks were viewed back then which supported or justified their reasons behind treating our race at that time and still today….And then “turn them AWAY from their neighbor’s melon patch. As if we just love watermelon so much, we’d sin for it by stealing from our neighbor’s. My mouth really did fly right open while reading this and sorry for so much emotions but I am emotional!

  3. An inherently evil group of people. Ethnic Notions is the documentary to watch for more stuff like this and the history behind it. Such a lovely nation we live in.

  4. I have also viewed Ethnic Notions…brilliant documentary on racism.

    However, Aiych, who is the “inherently evil” group of people you refer to? I hope you weren’t trying to imply that white people are monolithic and thereby all of them are evil.

  5. I am whiter than white. One book from my childhood was “Ten Little Niggers” that someone remained with me until my adult years. I gave that book to my daughter because she, as a woman of mixed race who has never yet faced issues about her colour thought it worth keeping for history…..

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