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      Outstanding article, an education that is not taught in school.

      Often wondered who Jim Crow was.

      Mr Northam's blackface controversy is America's third major blackface scandal in a matter of months.

      In January, journalist Megyn Kelly formally left NBC after defending blackface on her show in October.

      And also in January, Florida's secretary of state Michael Ertel resigned after photos emerged of him wearing blackface when he dressed up as a Hurricane Katrina victim for a costume party.

      Blackface has a long and troubling history in the United States, so one must wonder why so many prominent Americans are unaware of or indifferent to the harm it causes.

      Tensions surrounding blackface stem from the fact that America remains unwilling to educate people about the history of blackface, according to Howard University professor Greg Carr.

      "It is not taught at all in school. Even in the most basic sense," says Prof Carr. "If it were taught, it would become problematic in America because the vestiges of blackface minstrelsy are a deep part of American culture."

      The practice of blackface grew in popularity in the 1830s as white actors would darken their faces with a mixture of charcoal, grease, and soot and perform as caricatures of African-Americans.

      The purpose of these performances was to demean and dehumanise African-Americans, and it should come as no surprise that this minstrel theatre of anti-black propaganda grew in popularity as the call for the abolition of slavery increased.

      It became common for Americans to refer to black men as Jim Crow, and the widespread popularity of Mr Rice's song Jump Jim Crow made many foreigners believe it was the national anthem.

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47125474

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          Stephen
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          Thanks for sharing the black history lesson that so many have sought to forget and then cry "I don't understand why it is so offensive". This is, the month for it, oddly this month is the shortest month of the year.

          Blackface, in its deeply rooted context, says, in words of my creation for the purpose of this writing -- "I, Mr. High and Mr. Mighty, take pride in the subjugation and human disregard of these dark skinned and empty headed creatures ..who would be but can't be quite like us. Po' Mr. Jim Crow do as I say, knowing that you will never have your way, God made me in his image and made you ....(discontinued)."

          It is a wretchedly evil position for a man to take pride in. But those who do it now claim they didn't know the history or what it represented.

          I had a hard time typing this -- the stupidity of others about race causes an anger to rise in me.

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              Dajuan Candle
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              You're welcome, and thank you for confronting it. (again)

              This is a learning curve for me, and evidently (still) for a lot of Americans too, if they are not taught the history of their nation "warts and all".

              "It is a wretchedly evil position for a man to take pride in".

              Truer words were never spoken in my opinion.

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                  dohn_1
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                  In 1915 when America's first blockbuster movie, DW Griffith's Birth of a Nation, hit theaters, it featured white actors in blackface behaving as savages as they attempted to rape white women.

                  This film not only brought blackface to the big screen, but its heroic depiction of the KKK normalized the white supremacist terrorist organisation. The KKK became an active part of American politics during the early 20th century.

                  President Woodrow Wilson screened Birth of a Nation at the White House, and he reportedly lauded the film as "like writing history with lightning." From the White House and across the nation, anti-black caricatures orchestrated by racist white Americans were considered historical truths, and blackface and minstrelsy remained an oppressive American norm.

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