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Fu Manchu- Fu Manchu is a fictional character that has appeared in many comics, books, and movies since his invention by Sax Rohmer in the first half of the 20th century. Fu Manchu, The Doctor or Dr. Fu Manchu as he is often called, is an oriental criminal mastermind with plans for world domination. He is shown to be a ruthless criminal with unlimited cruelness and deceitfulness. Since his creation he has been a large stereotypical figure for oriental people. Many of his features, such as his long mustache and yellow skin are over exaggerated. His evil being and ruthless murdering added to the post world war two stereotypes of the Japanese. While seemingly harmless to many, Dr, Fu Manchu is a very good example of how the media portrays ethnic minorities.

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Lothar and Mandrake the Magician- Lothar is the African American Sidekick to Mandrake the Magician, a 1900’s era comic strip
featuring the adventures of Lothar and Mandrake. At a first glance this may seem like a harmless comic if not positive comic, for it was the first black and white crime fighting team. However, when examinedit reveals many serious stereotypes that caused harm blacks. Lothar is African American and is the sidekick to Mandrake. This is a very common example of racial profiling, a white man being superior to and in charge of a black man. The second example is how Lothar is dressed. In the picture he is wearing his typical outfit of leopard skin. This is a stereotype that relates him to his “homeland”, the jungle. This gives off a false hidden message that African Americans are primitive. The last example is the size and proportions of Lothar. In the picture you can see his large muscles and large figure. This combined with the fact that he is a sidekick reveals a common stereotype in the media, African Americans are all muscle and violence and no brains. This is not true. This seems true to many people because of the way that the media portrays races. If you read the Statistics page you will find out that 56% of female African American movie character are shown to be physically violent verses 11% of female white movie characters. This is an alarming statistic that must be addressed by the public.
New Aunt Jemima
New Aunt Jemima
Old Aunt Jemima
Old Aunt Jemima

Aunt Jemima- Aunt Jemima is the caricature for a pancake a mix company that was one of the first to market ready to make pancakes. A Jemima created by Black comedians but a man named Chris Rutt decided to use her for his company. Aunt Jemima portrays a common stereotype from the time period, a “mammy” was an icon of the old South. A description of a mammy would be a female slave that loves her master and mistress and never leaves the kitchen for she is in charge of keeping the fire burning. Started in the 1920’s the first Aunt Jemima was a fat, sexless, woman who wore a handkerchief symbolizing her readiness to serve. Now Aunt Jemima has been changed to be more socially acceptable but now represents a western standard of beauty. She now has permed hair, lighter skin, and more white related features. It was important to change the original Aunt Jemima but the new one suggests that African Americans should reconsider the way they think of themselves.
The Frito Bandito- The Frito Banadito was the mascot for Frito brand chips from 1967 to 1961. He was drawn by Tex Avery and had a voice over by Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc used an over-exaggerated Mexican accent for the voice of the Frito Bandito. The Frito Bandito spoke poor english and stole people’s chips. He also complained about being hunted down by the Frito Bureau of investigation. These are attributes that the media often associates with illegal immigrants and Mexican citizens. When pressure came from the National-Mexican anti-Defamation Committee, he lost his gold tooth and had his hair combed. This took some away from his stereotypical figure, but not enough.

Aye, yii, yii, yiiii, I am dee Frito Bandito. I like Frito's Corn Chips. I love them, I do. I want Frito's corn chips. I'll take them, from you.
Aye, yii, yii, yiiii, oh, I am the Frito Bandito. Give me Frito Corn chips and I'll be your friend. The Frito Bandito you must not offend.

This is part of the song that the Frito Bandito sung. Notice the Mexican accent and poor grammar. All of this was created in a time before awareness of racial profiling, making the Frito Bandito one of the most controversial figures of all time.


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