White on Black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture

by Jan Nederveen Pieterse


White on Black is a compelling visual history of the development of European and American stereotypes of Black people over the last two hundred years. Its purpose is to show the pervasiveness of prejudice against Blacks throughout the western world as expressed in stock-in-trade racist imagery and caricature. Reproducing a wide range of illustrations—from engravings and lithographs to advertisements, candy wrappings, biscuit tins, dolls, posters, and comic strips—the book challenges the hidden assumptions of even those who view themselves as unprejudiced.

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