Censorship & Racism:
Then and Now
In Prof. Macks day (as evident in the clipping below), movies were censored, while
his Punch & Judy shows with all their customary puppet mayhem
and several racial stereotypes (The Chinaman, The Jew, The Negro)
were considered healthy entertainment for young people.
Two very telling instances of our changing attitudes about race are revealed in the Prof.
Mack Scrapbook. The first being the cast of characters in Charles
Macks Punch and Judy shows which included The Chinaman, The
Jew, and The Negro. Such obvious references to racial stereotypes
no longer exist in any contemporary Punch & Judy shows. Their
presence would not only not be inherently humorous but would be
offensive to most of todays audiences.