Much of the popularity of Baker's 1920s stage work appears within an era of postwar French negrophilism, a time often celebrated for its tolerance toward black performers.
The framing of the sequence with its frequent foci upon the shadow in animalistic poses does suggest some of the distressing "primitive" aspects of jazz-era negrophilism.
This position proves less imperialist and, instead, appeals more to the jazz-era negrophilism defining much of Baker's popularity.
I will never believe that, however inscrutable be the ways of Providence, it is the Divine will that the fair American continent should everywhere present the miserable spectacle of the South and Central American Republics," Hotze insisted, adding that "if there is manhood and common sense enough to construct a white man's government out of the smouldering ruins that negrophilism
and all the other accursed issues of your section have left I should like to have my part in the work.