John White's Playboy Black vs. Playboy White, Part 2

Author(s): Joe Alessi

Year: 2018


John White once published a piece comparing the depiction of both Native Americans and Blacks in the cartoons of Playboy Magazine from its inception to 1970. In this work, John discovered that as a result of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's the image of Blacks in cartoons changed from ones oriented on cultural and racial distinctions to ones that merely displayed blacks in the cartoon. In short, the humor of the cartoon was no longer fixated on Black race or culture, but on other subjects such as politics. In contrast, John also discovered that the image of Native Americans never changed. That the humor of all cartoons in playboy fixated on Native American culture. In honor and at the encouragement of John, he asked me to pick up where he left off and to see if the dynamics changed. This work is the follow up to John's work and looks primarily at the images of Native Americans through not only the lenses that John used in his original research but also from the concept of Cultural Appropriation.

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John White's Playboy Black vs. Playboy White, Part 2. Joe Alessi. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445159)

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