Racism in the United States, especially aimed at African Americans, was so institutionalized prior to the 1970s that the most commonplace commodities, including coffee and children’s books, blithely used stereotypes on packaging and book covers. It is more than likely these supposedly incidental depictions, neither deliberately cruel nor malicious yet decidedly rooted in derisive images from the slave era, colored the perceptions of many white adults and children.
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