Saturday, January 01, 2022
Herriman Saturday: March 9 1910
March 9 1910 -- Herriman manages to hit a racist trifecta in this strip about black boxers contending for championships:
1. A particularly offensive racial slur in the headline.
2. An image of Jeff Johnson running away with a white woman ... we know what that's all about.
3. A possible new coinage for a racial slur, which actually seems sort of complimentary -- 'maduros' likens Jack Johnson to strong cigars with dark wrappers.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
I have a hard time understanding how Herriman, a mulatto (though closeted), who no doubt knew many black people when growing up in New Orleans, was so detached from the effects of these kind of offensive stereotypes, even allowing that cartoonists of his circle were pretty uninhibited.