A 1949 Superman Poster About Patriotism Is Going Viral Because Some People Still Act Like It’s 1949

This viral image of the day is hardly new—in fact, it’s 66 years old. But it’s as relevant now as it’s ever been.

Man, we suck. We, as a country, are still this racist and xenophobic?

Yes. We are.

The image is a public service poster intended for American schools, featuring Superman telling a group of clean cut kids what it truly means to be “all American.” Although the presentation may be corny as hell, the message is surprisingly progressive for 1949. And it’s one that many people in 2015 still haven’t managed to wrap their heads around.

You mean people that look different than me and think different things than I do might also be people? They, like, feel things and stuff? Holy s**t! #Revolution

Superman says:

…And remember, boys and girls, your school—like our country—is made up of Americans of many different races, religions and national origins. So… if YOU hear anybody talk against a schoolmate or anyone else because of his religion, race or national origin—don’t wait: tell him THAT KIND OF TALK IS UN-AMERICAN.

Cool poster. Unfortunately it didn’t work, as almost seventy years later we’ve got GOP politicians trying to kick out immigrants, kick refugees while their down, and literally kick Black Lives Matter activists. Sorry Superman.

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7 years ago

Look at the cartoon Isadora. It is a bunch of white kids. Probably all Christian, maybe 1 Jew. I think there might be 1 hispanic looking kid, so obviously a Catholic. Maybe the little kid is Asian. Doubt it though.

What is missing there? hmm, can’t quite place my finger on it.

7 years ago
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An Eskimo Scientologist?

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