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…An Album By Its Cover: The Roots’ Rising Down


<br />Fear of Negro rule was still evident in 1900. Cartoon by Norman E. Jennette published in the Raleigh News And Observer.<br />Rising Down, the eighth studio album of The Roots wasreleased on April 29, 2008. Above is the original drawing used the for the cover “The Vampire that Hovers Over North Carolina,” cartoon by Norman E. Jennette.  Published in the Raleigh News And Observer, 27th September 1898 during the North Carolina Election of 1898, it is apparent that there was still fear of a Negro rule. <br />Questlove from The Roots explains the cover, “it’s about The Reconstruction period in American History. This drawing entitled “Negro Rule,” and it pretty much sums up the feeling of the Confederate Union towards the newly freed slaves and the idea that if given power they would reek havoc and chaos on the country.”<br />Source<br />

Via Lostinurbanism and Karnado

Fear of Negro rule was still evident in 1900.

Rising Down, the eighth studio album of The Roots was released on April 29, 2008. Above is the original drawing used the for the cover, “The Vampire that Hovers Over North Carolina,” a cartoon by Norman E. Jennette, which was published in the Raleigh News And Observer on the 27th of September 1898 during the North Carolina election. It is apparent that there was still fear of a Negro rule.

Questlove from The Roots explains the cover: “it’s about The Reconstruction period in American History. This drawing is entitled “Negro Rule,” and it pretty much sums up the feeling of the Confederate Union towards the newly freed slaves, and the idea that if given power they would reek havoc and chaos on the country.”

Sadly, this kind of thinking is still true today. Black people are thought of as the vampires of the country, sucking it dry (ex. welfare queens), but it is actually the other way around.

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