Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Meanwhile, back at the home front....

Dailykos, always a font of info, gave us this:



Doesn't it remind you of this?




The first image is a Nazi propaganda poster, the second, a current poster for the MARC rail system in Maryland.

In the MARC poster, the first two faces you see are white. Finally, there's a black man in the back. With the races properly aligned, the poster can go forward with its central message: We're under Threat! A black man could not have served as the poster's primary human face, as whites feel threatened by black males, and the two threats would have looked confusing, even suggestive. Many scholars have written on the racism of WWII posters, and here we are 60 years later, still talking in the same racist idiom.

And of course, there's not an Asian face in sight...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Clyde Said:

Although obvious, that does not change the fact that it works! Wroked then, works now.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a shit?

STOP_George said...

America has never been more fascist in my lifetime than it is now.

It really IS tragic and scary (as a Canadian).

STOP_George said...

Who gives a shit?!! Ummm...people who actually care about democracy and freedom in the world's most powerful nation.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this image summarizes matters:
http://semiskimmed.net/bushhitler/flyingfish.gif

Mickey said...

Americans who don't give a shit are often already part of, or sympathetic to, the future state religion: fundamentalist Christianity.

The rest of us prefer to make our own choices....and will fight for the continued right to do so.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why they didn't compare the poster to any Soviet propaganda.

And yeah, I'm sure the artist was trying to impose a racial message on the poster. Because, you know, if he was a racist, he could have just made all the riders white instead, reflecting his actual racist ideal.

I won't even get on the subject of why adding one asian to the poster would make it ugly as hell: odss are better than evens. So he'd have to add a Hispanic or a Jew then, too. Oooops, what if that dude in front is a Jew or a Hispanic? I mean he's not exactly white is he? he's more of a brownish-peach color?

And is sponge-pants bob white or asian, I keep getting my cartoon races mixed up.

Anonymous said...

Bush condemns his links once again...

http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/rids/20050615/i/r1876538514.jpg?x=284&y=345&sig=A1giNSlOzYqVgm4jn4Q7lA--