I had someone pull me to the side yesterday and ask me "what's up with the Blackface stuff? Why couldn't I have worn a Michael Jackson out fit without coloring my face?"
With the recent controversy over Megyn Kelley's remarks in which she questioned why wearing blackface on Halloween was offensive, WCBS-TV anchor Maurice DuBois looks at the long and complex history of white (and even black) performers painting their faces black.
Source: CBS Sunday Morning
For more than 100 years, minstrel shows were a popular form of entertainment on stage and film, reducing an entire race of people to stereotypes.
DuBois speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson, and with Eric Lott, cultural historian and professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, about the complicated history of a racist theatrical form.
Of course, please don't be an idiot dressing up like this for a party... like this folks below....