45. The poor barbarians can't understand
Artist: Thomas Nast
Publishing Date: September 13, 1879
Published In: Harper's Weekly
People/person Targeted: African-Americans, Chinese-Americans
This cartoon occupies a special place because it is actually designed to lampoon racism, and yet to our eyes looks so very racist. "The poor barbarians can't understand our civilized Republican form of government" is written sarcastically, and "the nigger must go" is meant to mock the very real anti-Chinese slogans coming from California. It's all very well-intentioned, but born of such a culture of racism it's hard for modern eyes to decipher.