Wide-mouthed blackface figures of Uncle Tom and postcards of eating watermelon perpetuated negative stereotypes about African-Americans. The minstrel caricatures showed up on toys, games, books, postcards and everyday household items.
Residents of Reading, Pa., wait in line at the St. James Chapel food bank. Four out of 10 households in Reading receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. During the shutdown, they received February benefits early, and many will run out before the next payment in March.