“I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white man would be coming into my neighborhood after dark.” — Dick Gregory
Racism is so homologous in society that very few people take notice when it reflects itself even in the most unexpected places. We were hardly surprised to see grotesquely exaggerated depictions of Africans at the Louvre. No surprise there. But, when we left and walked over to the Jardin des Tuileries, it shocked my daughter and I to see these Black dolls being offered as prizes (pictured below). Like in Paolo Veronese painting, the features on these stuffed gals were crazy overblown…and no one seemed to notice or much less care.
The Wedding at Cana, Paolo Veronese
Prizes at the Jardin des Tuilleries