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‘Blackface’ or not to ‘blackface’? Hmmmm, tough one.


Some are calling it the moral dilemma of 2019, while others are saying: ‘Didn’t we sort out this $hit out in 1919???’.  Either way, modern politicians seem torn between disavowing their racist past, or brazenly starting a tour of the ‘Black & White Minstrel Show’.

The main line of defence seems to be ‘I was young, it was different times’ which possibly only works if by young, you mean dumb and by different times, you mean during the Third Reich. If our politicians are to be believed, every school in the 80s was doing ‘blackface’ cabaret or David Walliams’s sketches – which begs the question, what the hell kind of school did you go to?

A day does not go past without a major celebrity suddenly remembering that they once upon a time, dressed up as a Nazi or Sammy Davis Junior – which feels like an odd thing to forget and an even odder one to have in your dressing-up box.  Explained one Senator: ‘People need to stop jumping to conclusions. It’s all about context. And the context is, I’m happy to be casually racist.’

A spokesman for white privilege said: ‘When you think back to your college years and your time spent in the Lib Dem Glee Club, haven’t we all dressed up in a culturally and ethnically insensitive fashion?  Be it David Baddiel or Justin Trudeau , who hasn’t gone ‘blackface’ for a quick and easy laugh?’.  Most of us, it turns out.

2 comments on “‘Blackface’ or not to ‘blackface’? Hmmmm, tough one.

  1. Ken Dowell
    October 8, 2019

    What in hell is ‘casually racist’ supposed to mean?


    • Wrenfoe
      October 8, 2019

      Scary, isn’t it? There seems to a particular white, middle-class privilege that excuses acts of racism as ‘casual’. ‘Just a phase’. ‘The excitement of youth’. It’s a weird revisionism that they apply to their own lives and actions.

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