There is, of course, basic racism in American minstrelsy which makes it along with other forms of ethnic humor, unacceptable today. During this time, being a minstrel show performer was not tantamount to being a racist and the Blackface comedian role was regarded simply as a part to play. What is even more disturbing is the total insensitivity, intolerance and the impunity by the performers toward the people they were mocking, not to mention that it is still happening NOW, just yesterday 1/31/2019. This area was ripe with minstrel shows both White and Black performers all the way until the 1960s. Come see our exhibit and discussion on Feb 28th at GRAAMA.

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