Post by Cafe Racer Post by Dave Smith
A local politician is in political correctness hot water. He has
been photographed in black face. It isn't really black face. That
is a from of theatre where white actors dressed up and put on black
make-up and carried in in a way that stereotyped Negroes as
simpletons... musically talented simpletons. This guy and a friend
dressed up as dark skinned women and carried tennis rackets. They
were dressed up to be Serena and Vanessa Williams. That is not the
same as dressing up for a minstrel show.
But really: anyone who blacks-up MUST be either a bit of an idiot, or
they are deliberately instigating a public debate.
This incident was from 9 years ago, which was before the current fuss
about black face. The PC crowd are as bad on this situation as a group
of ebonics speakers were when a Washington DC city politician used the
word "niggardly", thinking, incorrectly, that he was referring to black
people. Black face was a theatrical routine that portrayed black
minstrels as simpletons, and that was at a time and place where blacks
were not allowed in white theatres.
Post by Cafe Racer
Come on guys. There are hundreds of famous tennis players they could
have imitated, if merely imitating-tennis-players was their only
Not just imitating tennis players, but making themselves up to look like
a specific pair of tennis playing sisters.
A year or two earlier there was a stink raised at a local university
when some students attended a student masquerade party dressed as the
Jamaican bobsled team. Three of them put on dark make-up and the fourth
was black. They were portraying a comedic bunch of characters from a movie.