The REAL Reason Why Blackface is a Cultural History of a Racist Art Form

posted by Big Al - 

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?" 

Hmmm...sounds familiar...

 

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....

 
 
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