Jan. 16, 1947: Teachers Call ‘Song of the South’ Racist Propaganda

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Jan. 16, 1947: Chef Tubbs is opening a restaurant at 1305-7 E. Olympic Blvd.


Olympic and Central, Google Street View

Olympic Boulevard and Central Avenue, via Google Street View.


Jan. 16, 1947, Los Angeles Sentinel

Jan. 16: Local 27 of the American Federation of Teachers, meeting in Washington, called the Disney feature film “Song of the South” “insidious and subtle propaganda against the Negro.”

According to Paul Cooke, head of Local 27, actor James Baskett was “hampered by having to portray the fixed conception of the Negro — a lazy, hat-in-hand, spiritual-singing inferior ‘old rascal.’ ” Cooke also criticized the film for the theme of “the Negro in service to white people, the Negro apparently whose only thought is to help solve the problems of white people.”

 

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The Sentinel also reported on a campaign seeking to avert the March 1 closure of child-care centers that were opened as an emergency step during World War II.

Jan. 16, 1947, Los Angeles Sentinel

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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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