Nowadays, many global brands understand the need for representation and breaking down stereotypes and prejudice of race and gender among other things. Though controversial ads aren’t as rampant today, some of them are still as blatant as they were back in the 19th century.
After decades of presenting the archetypal American consumer as white and female, advertisers are slowly broadening their imagery to include more diversity. But, as the scholar Marilyn Maness Mehaffy writes, the history of race in American advertisements…
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