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Racial Geography in Cartoons II

by Nicholas Sammond

In the 1941 cartoon Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat, produced by Walter Lantz, racist stereotypes of African Americans place them in a southern village called Lazytown. The cartoon creates the seemless geography of blackness that links the south to Harlem via jazz and the black body, while reproducing the fantasy of that body as torpid, sensual, and rhythmic.

Scrub Me Mama


from Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat (1941)
Creator: Walter Lantz
Distributor: Universal
Posted by Nicholas Sammond