Unsurprisingly, representations of international intervention often include a world map or a globe. And since these representations are almost always dismissive of intervention (even though in theory intervention can be a good thing), you’ll also see some awful creature with tentacles grasping the globe. It used to be common to depict the communist threat in this way:
Even post-communist Russia sometimes gets the same treatment, deservedly or not:
The image of the globe-spanning octopus was also used to condemn the so-called global Jewish conspiracy:
Amazingly, this red herring is still in use today:
Images condemning international intervention were common during the era of colonialism:
If it’s not the globe that’s carved up by the imperialists, it’s some kind of pizza/cake thing:
China is well-known for its desire to intervene in Taiwan in order to undo the intervention of someone else:
The US as the “policeman of the world” is another famous anti-interventionist metaphor:
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Depicting the enemy as some kind of animal is a time-honored method of dehumanization. And once the enemy is no longer human, a lot of our usual moral inhibitions fall to the wayside. Here are some examples:
More on animalization here.
Blood libel is an old and prominent theme in anti-semitism, and still in use today.
Blood libels typically allege that Jews require human blood for the baking of matzos for Passover, although this element was absent in the earliest cases that claimed (the contemporary) Jews reenacted the crucifixion. The accusations often assert that the blood of Christian children is especially coveted, and, historically, blood libel claims have been made to account for otherwise unexplained deaths of children. (source)
Here are some historical and contemporary images invoking blood libel explicitly or implicitly:
More images here.
The Killing Fields are a number of sites in Cambodia where large numbers of people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979. … Analysis of 20,000 mass grave sites by … indicate at least 1,386,734 victims. Estimates of the total number of deaths resulting from Khmer Rouge policies, including disease and starvation, range from 1.7 to 2.5 million out of a population of around 8 million. (source)
On 15th August 1961, Hans Conrad Schumann, a 19-year-old soldier in East Germany’s Bereitschaftspolizei became world famous when he defected across the newly installed Berlin Wall.
At that time, the wall was only a low barbed wire fence. From the other side, West Germans shouted to him, “Komm rüber!” (“Come over!”), and a police car pulled up to wait for him. Schumann jumped over the barbed wire fence and was promptly driven away from the scene by the West Berlin police. West German photographer Peter Leibing photographed Schumann’s escape, and this picture has since become an iconic image of the Cold War era. (source)
The iconic moment has been commemorated by way of this statue:
More iconic images of human rights violations are here.
This infamous lynching took place in Marion, Indiana on August 7, 1930.
[Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith] had been arrested the night before, charged with robbing and murdering a white factory worker, Claude Deeter, and raping his white girlfriend, Mary Ball. A large crowd broke into the jail with sledgehammers, beat the two men, and hanged them. When Abram Smith tried to free himself from the noose as his body was hauled up by the rope, he was lowered and then his arms broken to prevent him from trying to free himself again. Police officers in the crowd cooperated in the lynching. A third person, 16 year old James Cameron, narrowly escaped lynching thanks to an unidentified participant who announced that he had nothing to do with the rape or murder. (source)
The photograph was the inspiration for a poem by Abel Meeropol, called “Strange Fruit”, immortalized in the song of the same name, performed by Billie Holiday:
Some of the heads claimed by the guillotine over the years (left to right, top to bottom):
More collections of human rights images are here.
Female animalization is the depiction of women as animals, or as hybrid human-animals. It’s in fact a subgenre of female objectification, which is itself a subgenre of dehumanization (see also here). Depicting a woman as an animal means taking away her human characteristics and can lead to gender discrimination. It’s easier to deny the rights of an animal than the rights of an individual human being.
And of course there’s this infamous example of Michelle Obama’s face turned into a monkey face:
Some time ago, this image was the first to appear when people googled for images of Michelle Obama. Because of this Google issued this statement:
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At this point, I should probably mention that men as well can be animalized, and have been to great political effect throughout history. Here’s one example:
More examples featuring hated outgroups here.
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In the U.S., approximately 1.6 million persons experience homelessness and per year. This number only includes persons who used shelters or transitional housing programs at least once during a year). Almost 20% of those are chronically homeless (source). Almost half of the homeless population is African-American.