The following images will be disturbing and shocking, as you see the casual way with which businesses have deployed racism to sell their products. It’s easier to whitewash over our history and pretend it never happened, but these photos are a necessary part of our past, as they help us better understand our present, one still haunted by our legacy of racism. These images don’t just go away, and we’re still dealing with these issues today.
From our not-too-distant past, here are 41 racist advertisements that will make you want to scream, cry or throw something — all provided without comment, because no words are necessary. Take a deep breath and then go.
1. Yum Yum Brand Apples
2. Canadian Patriotic Fund
3. Aunt Jemima
4. Rice Council
5. Revere Copper and Bras’s War Bonds
6. Gold Dust
9. Uncle Remus Syrup
10. Pears Soap
11. Gold Dust
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