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“Negrophobia”: A Novel by Darius James

Thinking back to those childhood days in the late ’60s and early ’70s, I was often in the living room propped in front of our oversized black-and-white television set. Many film and television images that would be deemed as offensive today were still a part of our everyday world in post-civil rights America. While Martin Luther King might’ve gotten us a literal seat on the bus and at Woolworth’s lunch counter, that didn’t stop American icons Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben from staring at us from supermarket shelves, or the occasional Warner Bros. cartoon that featured kooky Africans, a hell-dwelling Sambo meeting with Satan on a Sunday morning, and jitterbugging darkies dancing through the streets of Harlem. With titles that included “Uncle Tom’s Bungalow” (1937), “Jungle Jitters” (1938) and “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs” (1943), these shorts were shown before the feature films.




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Reply #1 posted 01/31/18 9:16am

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I was sold the minute the article writer compared the surreal storytelling to Pedro Bell's art paintings of Parliament/Funkadelic albums. Thanks for the heads up.

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Reply #3 posted 02/02/18 5:23pm

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I remember Sambo's restaurant. We ate there a few times. Above the kitchen area on the wall facing the dining room were big images of Sambo & his tiger. This was the 1970s. They certainly would have been racist today.

Many of them became Denny's. There is an old Sambo's building still standing here. I can tell by the shape of the sign outside, but it certainly has been a Sambo's for 40 years.

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