On 2017-12-03 1:02 PM, Cafe Racer wrote:
> On Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 3:08:27 PM UTC-8, Dave Smith wrote:
>> 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.
> 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.