The Most Racist Things We All Grew Up With (VIDEOS)

The idea of not being racist is relatively new. Many of us and pretty much all of our parents were alive when the Civil Rights Act was signed. Face it, America and much of the rest of the world has a long and ugly history of racism.

We’d like to think that racism was scrubbed from popular culture in 1964, when the Civil Rights Act was signed, but a glance at nearly every blog or YouTube comments section will show that racism is far from dead.

Hell, a racist remark from former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, has set off an avalanche of racism from the Republican party.

Even for those of us who believe that racism is one of society’s great evils, it’s culturally unavoidable. In fact, we all grew up surrounded by racist stereotypes in our favorite children’s songs and stories. Here are a few:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Did you know that in the book, the Oompa Loompas weren’t cute little people whose skin resembled John Boehner? No, they were “supposed to be black pygmies hailing from “the very deepest and darkest part of the African jungle where no white man had been before.” In other words, they were slaves who worked for chocolate.

Here are nine more very racist books, some surprising, some pretty obvious:

Dumbo – The cartoon that started my lifelong love of elephants is shockingly racist. The black crows in the movie “shuffle, jive talk, and dress like the cast of Fat Albert, but one of them is even named Jim Crow.”

Here are nine more disturbingly racist cartoons:

The ice cream song – the one that instantly gets children’s mouths watering and legs running, had lyrics that were so blatantly racist, they had to be removed. One line says, “Ni**er loves a watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!” It was even voted the most racist song in America.

Here are four more shockingly racist children’s songs:

Featured image via screenshot of YouTube video.