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ERIC Number: ED054162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 509
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Stereotype and Tradition: White Folklore About Blacks (Volumes 1 and 2).
Rosenberg, Neil Vandraegen
The forms of white folklore about blacks in the United States are described. This folklore appears in most folklore genres, including folk speech, proverbs, riddles, beliefs, songs and narratives. Using texts submitted to various folklore archives over a 20-year period, this study analyzes the content and context of a large group of jokes and legends. Virtually all forms of white folklore about blacks use stereotypes. These stress physiological and behavioral differences between black and white. Usually blacks are described as being inferior to whites. Jokes about Negro sexual behavior, known as "Rastus" jokes, combine white stereotypes about blacks with ideas based on white sexual values. Southerners are less self-conscious about telling these jokes than northerners. Southern white narratives about life on the plantation describe benign and reciprocal relationships between whites and blacks. Legends from the border states and midwest portray the exclusion of blacks and violence against them. Each folklore text told by a white about blacks, when studied in its context, offers evidence which may link that text with one of a number of white groups. By examining such folklore, it is possible to ascertain the opinions and ideas of informants and identify the groups to which they belong. (Author/CK)
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