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The Story of Blackface — Past and Present

From fashion brands to celebrities to politicians — blackface keeps reemerging. Here’s a look at its history and why it’s still very offensive.

03/17/2019 6:01 PM
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  • Danny C.
    12/01/2019 01:30

    That is Judy Garland in the movie Everybody Sing. In no way was she racist. She was just doing what MGM told her to do. They owned her lock, stock and barrel. And miss treated her very badly.

  • Rampsey N.
    11/30/2019 23:58

    No mention about Italian immigrants here in the USA treated as 3rd class citizens and refused housing,jobs, beaten, murdered. It now the same as black Americans they talk foul mouthed about each other and thier own race with racially slang names? But Caucasian Americans are racist if they put on black face and perform or as costumes?? All this radical racist BS needs to stop, grow up, get a life!!! Americans are American. If you associate yourself as African or Italian or Portuguese for Christ sake and we’re born in America. Than your just not much of an American

  • Cenny W.
    11/28/2019 19:53

    I hate things like this only because they bring another rage out of me.. half our black young men from the 80s/til the 2000s where labeled retarded or special behaviors and it wasnt that its that fact that from 1st grade til up we was taught nothing but that we were slaves our family was slaves christoper Columbus discovered America and guess what we still was slaves so if you keep pounding this type of thing into young black male minds do u honestly think they going to be the same

  • Kevaun J.
    11/28/2019 06:14

    Wait I saw shirley temple

  • Chuck R.
    11/27/2019 15:16

    This is still offensive to this day and some white ppl will never understand

  • Rachel D.
    11/26/2019 14:09

    Follow up to the parade conversation.

  • Penn N.
    11/23/2019 09:28

    On a deeper point I think this was also done by the media to plant a negative thought and image of of the black race into the subconscious of of whites... The same way the false image of White Jesus was put on us. I believe that advertising and imagery play a big part of forming the way people live and think

  • Scott E.
    11/16/2019 04:54

    L

  • Rory G.
    11/14/2019 01:23

    Black sweaters aren’t blackface. But yeah actual black face is so stoopid. Why even give those people the time a day. Ignore them like shunning style.

  • Wesley M.
    11/10/2019 17:56

    everyone has p ast get over it

  • Ken D.
    11/10/2019 16:36

    Brut thinking its found a way to get woke and not go broke. One question for ya. Brut: Is Whoopi Goldberg's husband, Joy Behar, the Governor of Virginia, and The Prime Minister of Canada in your video? No? Sorry, you got woke and lost my business

  • Carmelo A.
    11/08/2019 22:18

    Everything she said in the beging. Is true about most of them n then there is about 20 to 30% that are hard working pueple.

  • Juan L.
    11/07/2019 19:13

    Plze stop

  • Vanessa R.
    11/05/2019 23:48

    My problema is that my family is from Puerto Rico and we all know that we have the african decendency!! Can my allow child makeup as a black slave to impersonate an africano in poetry?

  • William F.
    11/05/2019 13:41

    Justin Trudeau feels attacked

  • Eric G.
    11/05/2019 04:14

    Blackfacing was and is offensive but it shouldn’t be forgotten. Learning from from the past helps to build a better future and no one should forget the past because if you do, you’ll be prone to repeat it. Also don’t ignore the past, blackface is in old Looneytunes shorts but it shouldn’t be erased or forgotten. History is history, no matter if it’s not nice or wrong.

  • Danny M.
    11/03/2019 17:49

    we are from planet earth our race is the human race ... nobody has to classify by skin color...2019

  • Celia M.
    11/02/2019 15:03

    y todos los demás “comediantes” en PR que todavía practican el blackface y minstrelsy o de alguna forma u otra se mofan de las personas negras y afrodescendientes en su “comedia”...dan vergüenza

  • James E.
    11/02/2019 01:22

    It's racist for you to tell another race what they are thinking

  • Ray H.
    11/01/2019 23:33

    Black people used to be strong and proud of being black, now theyre just victimizing themselves and getting offended by everything, blaming all white people for slavery and segregation when most of the white people of that time are already dead, hating another person for his color or race is racism and if youre are black and hate white people then you are a racist to