I, Rosetta Lucas Quisenberry, must tell this story because itis an evil that existed and dramatically shaped the lives of black people in America. Stereotyping a people has existed since biblical times and unfortunately is the most lasting impression that works insidiously, influencing our reactions to a diverse people or culture. Based on recent history, our country cannot afford to continue this...
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and/or unconscious attitude. I believe that the best way to overcome stereotyping is to expose it and allow the hurt it causes to be understood by all. Then the healing begins and we come together as better people.I first became aware of these postcards at the age of 24. This speaks volumes as to the sheltered life, filled with unconditional love, my family provided for me in Lexington, Kentucky. I was browsing through an antique show at the Turfland Mall in 1975 when a table displayed with many old postcards caught my interest. As I was looking through the items, a group of women further down the table were having a grand time giggling and laughing at what they were seeing. This peaked my interest and when they moved on, I took a look at what was so amusing. You cannot imagine the shock and shame I felt when I saw the object of their laughter. Those white ladies’ reaction to the postcards made me feel as if I needed to protect “my people” – like they were still being sold. Of course my education included some knowledge about slavery and its issues, however, it never truly impacted my life. This incidence brought a new light to the culture my ancestors had lived. I had no idea that black people had been portrayed in such a prejudicial negative manner. The postcards at the table affected me not only emotionally, but physically as well. My reaction started as shock and then I got hot – literally,I felt on fire! I knew I had to get these post cards off the market. I bought all the man had, 20 postcards, and started my search for more of the same hateful images. My collection has grown to well over 1,000 postcards. I have changed my attitude from wanting to rid the world of these evil images to feeling compelled to display them so that all people can gain a better understanding of each other. I want to make it perfectly clear that the purpose of this book is not to foster more hatred – there is already enough hatred and misunderstanding between the races. My desire is to bring us together by promoting empathy and understanding of each other’s past.