Casual racism in the 1930s

After having been pointed yesterday to a video of an old Betty Boop short that strongly suggests that Boop may have been a homeopath, I couldn’t resist clicking on the links to a couple of other old Betty Boop cartoons. One of them reminded me of just how different our culture was 72 years ago when this cartoon was released. What’s astonishing to me, from the vantage of 2007, is the casual racism, done without a care in the world that it would offend anyone and done with the grossest racial stereotypes played for cheap laughs:

We can be grateful that such stereotypes are no longer considered acceptable (although more subtle, less blatantly offensive stereotypes are still with us), but they remain disturbing reminders of just how pervasive and nasty racist attitudes were until fairly recently in our history.