Early European travelogues of Englishman Richard Ligon describes mythical African women with monstrous laboring beasts, unwomanly, savagery of blackness and seductive (Morgan, 1997). Cartoon conglomerates such as Warner Brothers and Universal Studios has continued depict the Black woman as beastly in the 1940’s cartoons, Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Jivin’ Bears, and Scub me Mama with a Boogie Beat. These cartoons characterized Black wom...
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...her to create these characters of Black women?
In order to understand how Ormes challenged sexism, racism, and social change, I have found it necessary to explore Critical Race Feminism (CRF) to interpret Ormes’ artwork. Critical Race Feminism explores the Black female perspectives not focused in the Black male’s critical race theory or the White feminist theory (Berry, 2010). In other words, I will examine how did Ormes’ characters transcend the misrepresented and misunderstood images of Black women that were fabricated by the white society? My hope is that this essay will open the dialogue about the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality in the comic field (Crenshaw, 1997). So, how is Jackie Ormes? More importantly, what influence a Black girl who grew up under Jim Crow laws to create black female characters and become the first Black female cartoonists?
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