In the advertisement to the left (click the photo to enlarge), which appeared in American magazine in 1937, a new bride is coming down with a cold. Her groom wishes she had a laxative and something to "counteract acidity." The cure is offered by a porter, who is black, and speaks thusly: "Pahdon me, fo' overhearin' yo', but Sal Hepatica does BOTH dose things. It's a min'ral salt laxative and it helps Nature counteract acidity, too. Las' trip a doctah tole me." That was a long time ago, you say? Well, think of it this way: 4 out of 9 U.S. Supreme Court Justices were alive when this ad was published. [Modern Mechanix]
But peeps this isn't too different than the representation of blacks now, it may be with less blatant inability to speak, now it chok full og hmm-hmms, nawmeans, know what I'm sayings, yo's but it still a similar shucking and jiving of yesteryear. Hey like VH-1 said folks only wanna see 'em ghetto.