In the United States manufacturers and advertisers solidified, circulated, and sustained racial stereotypes through millions of objects and images produced and sold during the 19th and 20th centuries. These distorted images reinforced discrimination and segregation, casting people of color not as producers or consumers, but as servants and second-class citizens. Manufacturers, advertisers, and retailers designed these images and objects to make white consumers feel secure about their social status. With the power to amuse and to sell, these things remained rooted in American commerce and lived as a divisive and harmful part of American culture into the late 20th century.
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