"Forgive and Forget"


"Forgive and Forget"


This is an editorial cartoon that appeared in the Chicago Defender on November 16, 1940. This cartoon is significant because the message of the cartoon corresponds to a significant date in Chicago's African American history. On November 12, 1940, the landmark Hansberry v. Lee decision was handed down, outlawing racially restrictive covenants. The cartoon, published a mere four days after the decision, depicts both the Republican and Democratic parties coming together to celebrate some achievement. The title "Forgive and Forget" suggests that the black community of Chicago is willing to let bygones be bygones and take a step towards a more integrated society. If the two political parties are seen as representatives of blacks and whites, the text carries even more significance. The donkey and elephant are seem embracing, mutually exclaiming, "Well, pal, the show is over so let's forget all the hard names... and promises." This cartoon reveals the willingness of Chicago's black community to move forward, putting behind racial differences after what they perceived to be a landmark in the struggle for equal housing. The fact Chicago remained to be a racially segregated city only highlights the disappointment that must have been felt in subsequent years by a community forced into an in-between place in their homes and societies.




Chicago Defender. November 16, 1940


Chicago Defender. November 16, 1940 (National Edition). Chicago, Illinois.


Editorial Cartoon 1 -- No Title. 1940. The Chicago Defender (National edition) (1921-1967), November 16, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed December 17, 2010).


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unknown, “"Forgive and Forget",” Inbetween Peoples, accessed September 24, 2020, https://as205.omeka.net/items/show/95.