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28 October 2023

Wiping Hands on the Flag (after William Allen Rogers, 1917)

On my blog at http://sinkers.org/stage/?p=3719

The ongoing, escalating roaring of bloodthirsty racism from US media in support of Israeli thuggery in Gaza put me in mind of a book of cartoons entitled "America's Black & White Book", published during World War I by an artist named William Allen Rogers — in particular, a little nugget entitled "Another Case Of Wiping Hands On The American Flag", a classic example of the "Filthy Dirty Huns Kill Children" genre of the WWI era. Rogers was arguably one of the most raving, drooling, jingoistic warmongering editorial cartoonists of that era and drew for the New York Herald, arguably one of the most raving, drooling, warmongering newspapers in the US of that era.

Their presentation nowadays may be slicker, their media more sophisticated, their rhetoric a little more refined, their approach a little classier, but if you strip it to the core it's the same old crap they've been serving up here since the Spanish-American War, at least: filthy dirty Huns are killing babies, filthy dirty Huns are throwing babies out of incubators, dirty filthy Huns are beheading babies... you get the idea.

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