Stamps these days: “Polar bears, lots of women and blacks no one has ever heard of”

Uh oh. Someone has a case of the privileged white male sads! Alan Fraser at the conservative website American Thinker wants to know why postage stamps these days feature “polar bears, lots of women and blacks no one has ever heard of.”

Since Fraser is apparently too lazy to google the ones he doesn’t know, I helped him out by adding some hyperlinks to the list he finds so objectionable:

“There’s Julia de Burgos (who?), Mother Teresa (an Albanian saint), Oscar Micheaux (a black guy I never heard of), Kate Smith, Katharine Hepburn, Love, Pansies in a Basket, the Year of the Rabbit (Forever, a Navajo necklace, Anna Julia Cooper (a black woman I never heard of), Adopt a Shelter Pet, Butterfly, Tiffany lamps, Chinese bracelets, KwanzaaMary Lasker (who?), Richard Wright (another black guy), playing cards, balloons, daisies, cherries, all the NFL Teams, Hollywood personalities, the Simpsons, and don’t forget…you guessed it…the all-important-never-thing-that-one-cannot-know-too-much-about…wait for it… Negro Baseball Leagues.”

Fraser concludes: “It’s almost as though a law had been enacted to prevent the intelligent representation of American History through its postage stamps.” Yep, that must be it. Or maybe Alan Fraser just doesn’t know all that much about history.

It’s ok to just admit it, Fraser! But here’s an idea. Instead of dealing with the reality that your days in the majority in this country are numbered by clinging like a scared baby to the last vestiges of your rank sense of entitlement, maybe you should think of this as an opportunity. Maybe you’ll find that Julia de Burgos’ poetry moves you, Kate Smith has the most beautiful voice you’ve ever heard, and reading Richard Wright’s work becomes the first important step on what is sure to be a very long journey to no longer being a racist asshole.

Also, everyone loves polar bears, dude.

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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