We are still hearing about the use of black face by white people to depict a black person…..why?
Virginia is in the news and black face is also…..but what of black face? It is the 21st century and we are still talking about this act of bigotry.
Yes, there is a long disgusting history of its use in the US…..
Once called the “king of performers,” Al Jolson was famous in the 1920s for his portrayal of blackface.
It’s ironic on the first day of Black History Month a raging controversy erupted in America that recalls one of the more demeaning chapters, that of ‘blackface’, of American Black History.
The controversy prevailed after pages from the 1984 year-book of Virginia Governor Ralph Norton’s tenure at medical school was made public showing individuals dressed in blackface, and a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) uniform, hood and all.
The gravity of the situation not recognized
As the controversy rage, with calls for Northam to resign over his association with the blatant racist images, which he denies involves him, some people within the Caribbean American community failed to recognize the gravity of the situation. Some wondered why should the government pay a price for behavior as a young man of 25, some 35 years ago?
It’s not surprising this question would be asked. As has been seen in the past, several Caribbean Americans, although they are of the black race don’t fully comprehend, or appreciate some of the significance, especially the more negative aspects, of American Black history.
I think it is sad that since this situation is a dire need of a solution that I had to find this article in the Caribbean Times…..
Now I ask….are we truly having a conversation on this situation or we just throwing diatribes at it?
I grew up in the racist South of the 50s and 60s and I do not see this as something that we should avoid….we need to air all the
Further Reading……..arguments and not the platitudes.