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Vintage Ads That Are Horribly Racist 

Erica Braverman
Updated April 22, 2020 9.4M views 11 items

Advertisers pandering to society's ignorance is nothing new. And these vintage ads are like a time capsule in the way that they perfectly encapsulate everything wrong with America's racist history. As you'll see here, the horrible racist stereotypes and caricatures in these advertisements and vintage posters still haunt with their harmful portrayals.

These horribly racist ads will make you cry and scream with horror, and they'll probably have you throwing things across the room.

This is advertising at its very worst, but it's also a frightening reminder of just how far we've come. 

Cream Of Wheat
Cream Of Wheat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Vintage Ads That Are Horribly Racist
Photo: Edw. V. Brewer for Cream of Wheat Co./Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Jell-O
Jell-O is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Vintage Ads That Are Horribly Racist
Photo: Genesee Pure Food Company/University of Michigan Library/Public Domain
Rough On Rats
Rough On Rats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Vintage Ads That Are Horribly Racist
Photo: Forbes Co. Boston/Teaching Tolerance/Public Domain
Pears' SoapĀ 
Pears' Soap  is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Vintage Ads That Are Horribly Racist
Photo: Pears' Soap/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain