The standards of what was once acceptable have changed drastically in recent years. There might not be any more glaring example of that then when you take a look at classic cartoons from back in the day. Rather than edit and sanitize them, however, Warner Bros. are attacking the issue head-on.
If you take a look at their release of “Tom & Jerry: The Complete Second Volume,” you’ll find a warning and disclaimer:
"Tom & Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While not representing the Warner Bros. view of today's society, these shorts are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed."
Specifically, they’re referring to scenes in the cartoons where a black maid is depicted with a stereotypical dialect. Whoopi Goldberg’s been brought in to give a brief history on the era, and talk about the issues of race and prejudice in the shows. Commentary on the move by fans ranges from “what I thought was funny as a kid…isn’t anymore” to “we can’t judge people in the past by our values.”
Source: LAD Bible