Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Yellow Peril Supports Black Power

I was doing some research on black American history last night when a Google search revealed this:

How has photography shaped our ideas of race? That's the question posed in Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self edited by Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis (Abrams, $40), the catalog for a national touring exhibit prepared by the International Center of Photography (in New York through February 29, with stops in cities like Seattle, San Diego, and Columbus, Ohio). ... Roz Payne's 1968 "Yellow Peril Supports Black Power," in which Asian men hold protest signs in support of black activist Huey Newton, the book captures the visual ironies of race in America.
After I read that I HAD to find the photo. It took a couple of searches, but I managed to find it on a web page for an Asian American Pacific Islander Studies course here:

I just think it's a great photo.

Here is a link to Roz Payne's Archives online: Roz Payne's Archives

Here is the Wiki link explaining the history behind the term "yellow peril".

Here is a short Huey Newton bio from Encarta.

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