Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person. In the past, it was used to poke fun at African Americans and make a mockery.
It has been a hot topic recently in the media, politics & fashion.
Media: NBC host Megyn Kelly was fired after she said she sees nothing wrong with White people dressing up as Black & the same visa versa.
Politics: Virginia governor Northam got himself into hot water after his college yearbook showed him with blackface… He was condemned and asked to resign by both sides of the aisle, but he is still hanging on.
Fashion: Gucci – the luxury designer – made a sweater that ‘resembles blackface.’ After intense backlash, they issued an apology and discontinued the sweater. Other fashion brands as well, got in trouble for having shoes that resembled – barely – blackface.
It is important to note, blackface is racist due to its history. Blackface began in the US after the Civil War as white performers played characters that demeaned and dehumanized African Americans.
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