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The Resource Watermelons, nooses, and straight razors : stories from the Jim Crow Museum, David Pilgrim

Watermelons, nooses, and straight razors : stories from the Jim Crow Museum, David Pilgrim

Label
Watermelons, nooses, and straight razors : stories from the Jim Crow Museum
Title
Watermelons, nooses, and straight razors
Title remainder
stories from the Jim Crow Museum
Statement of responsibility
David Pilgrim
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors examines the origins and significance of several longstanding antiblack stories and the caricatures and stereotypes that support them. Here readers will find representations of the lazy, childlike Sambo, the watermelon-obsessed pickaninny, the buffoonish minstrel, the subhuman savage, the loyal and contented mammy and Tom, and the menacing, razor-toting coon and brute. Malcolm X and James Baldwin both refused to eat watermelon in front of white people. They were aware of the jokes and other stories about African Americans stealing watermelons, fighting over watermelons, even being transformed into watermelons. Did racial stories influence the actions of white fraternities and sororities who dressed in blackface and mocked black culture, or employees who hung nooses in their workplaces? What stories did the people who refer to Serena Williams and other dark-skinned athletes as apes and baboons hear? Is it possible that a white South Carolina police officer who shot a fleeing black man had never heard stories about scary black men with straight razors or other weapons? Antiblack stories still matter. Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors uses images from the Jim Crow Museum, the nation's largest publicly accessible collection of racist objects. These images are evidence of the social injustice that Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as "a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be exposed to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured." Each chapter concludes with a story from the author's journey, challenging the integrity of racial narratives. -- From back cover
Cataloging source
YDX
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1959-
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Pilgrim, David
Dewey number
305.896/073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.61
LC item number
.P5937 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Irving, Debby
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  • Jim Crow Museum (Ferris State University)
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Racism
  • African Americans
  • Racism
  • United States
  • African Americans in popular culture
  • Racism in popular culture
  • Stereotypes (Social psychology)
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Label
Watermelons, nooses, and straight razors : stories from the Jim Crow Museum, David Pilgrim
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-251) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Debby Irving -- First words -- Not quite human -- Watermelon cravers -- Razor-toting criminals -- Menaces who deserve to be hanged -- Hated by dogs -- Black people and niggers -- Final words
Control code
ocn981985955
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xii, 258 pages
Isbn
9781629634371
Lccn
2017942911
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781629634371
  • (OCoLC)981985955
Label
Watermelons, nooses, and straight razors : stories from the Jim Crow Museum, David Pilgrim
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-251) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Debby Irving -- First words -- Not quite human -- Watermelon cravers -- Razor-toting criminals -- Menaces who deserve to be hanged -- Hated by dogs -- Black people and niggers -- Final words
Control code
ocn981985955
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xii, 258 pages
Isbn
9781629634371
Lccn
2017942911
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781629634371
  • (OCoLC)981985955

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