April 2nd, 2009
This lithograph is called “I’m not to blame for being white, sir!” The image is believed to have been created by Dominque C. Fabronius in 1862. The image was published in Boston by G.W. Cottrell. The image is a lithograph on wove paper and its dimensions are 30.2 x 22.3cm, and is currently being held at the Library of Congress.
The image is meant as an attack on Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner, who was a prominent antislavery advocate. He played an important role in the struggle for abolition of slavery. He also was a supporter of equal rights for African Americans, the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, and the creation of a Freedman’s Bureau.
Fabronius, who immigrated to the United States in the 1850s, created the lithograph to challenge Sumner’s humanitarianism by portraying him giving money to a black child and at the same time ignoring the needs of a poor white little girl, who is standing directly in front of him.