11 Screwed-Up Messages From Disney Movies We Learned As Kids

4. Dumbo

The crows in Dumbo already raise eyebrows by performing a stereotyped minstrel version of blackness that we see in many Disney films or Hollywood products of the time. (See: Al Jolson’s entire career.) But what’s really alarming isn’t just that they jive-talk like Transformers robots but that one of the characters is actually named Jim Crow. Leave it to Disney to leave nothing to the imagination about their race politics.

Takeaway: Please, never name your character “Jim Crow,” ever.


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