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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

358 comments

  • Anne M.
    06/01/2020 02:02

    Thank you. I’ve always wondered why and thank you professor for explaining. Appreciate it

  • Donny M.
    02/25/2020 11:29

    You pathetic pukes think everything is waysis.

  • Deolatia J.
    02/22/2020 22:51

    Don't know what's the difference...God created people in the same way...black or white it's the same thing...they are all people, and you should respect the creation of God that has given to each and everyone...people are people we are form from God no one is different.

  • Cynthia A.
    02/20/2020 23:59

    These ppl, those that are guilty of this junk, are sickos, js

  • John S.
    02/20/2020 15:28

    Have you seen "White Chics" stfu.

  • Sandra H.
    02/20/2020 10:35

    I’ve been discriminated against by raciest black people because I’m white. We are all Gods people. It doesn’t matter what color our skin is ; it’s what’s in the heart that matters.

  • Julia G.
    02/20/2020 10:05

    That was educational. Thank you.

  • Lisa T.
    02/20/2020 06:27

    It's a mockery of an entire group of people. Duhh. Who are you explaining this to? Those who created this?

  • Daniel R.
    02/20/2020 05:38

    To each his/her own aching perceptions.ebony or ivory whatsoever?.

  • Mike C.
    02/20/2020 00:58

    Libs and dems still like wearing it today!

  • Rhianda
    02/20/2020 00:52

    in my religion we don't know the difference. everyone is the same

  • Sara B.
    02/20/2020 00:52

    it's so unsettling

  • Joan W.
    02/19/2020 22:22

    Wow

  • Jennifer F.
    02/19/2020 21:47

    If you have to read this to find out why...

  • Olubukola O.
    02/19/2020 21:23

    I enjoyed watching the film 2004 about the white chicks, starring Terry Crews and Shawn Waynes. In all honesty I must say that their costumes, make over and impersonating the white man culture was awesome. They have more skill and intelligence to have pull this film famously compared to the bigotry and demonic people who are trying to impersonate blacks by putting on a black face. Such hateful racist whites don’t even have the skill and knowledge to disguise the blacks in their blackface. Rascist Scums. Repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins.

  • Barbara L.
    02/19/2020 19:07

    And the KKK surrounds Republicans funny how that works

  • Leopold J.
    02/19/2020 18:50

    No judgment one way, or the other. But, what one considers trivial, to others might be bullying and visa versa. I leave it there - for now. Ok ?

  • Phoenix L.
    02/19/2020 18:44

    I hope to see Jesus with a black face

  • Mark B.
    02/19/2020 18:41

    Maybe blackface was a mechanism for mockery and discrimination back then, like other societal structures religion, law etc. But that does not mean that today it is that same perception. Religion for eg is not just racist, it is sexist, homophobic, genocidal etc but our views change despite still holding on to it. To me blackface is the same, in today's world if is more of a innocent comedic device despite the history of its inception. If we always tie historical perceptions of ideas to modern ones, we are all guilty.

  • Erik D.
    02/19/2020 18:24

    Ism's IE racism has always been nothing but a pusher for somebody else's agenda, the only way to end that is to buy it out it's come as a collective and do that, Asian Hispanic Indian native Muslim and so on.

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