Is ‘Blackface’ Ever Okay? [VIDEO]
State Representative Cedric Glover talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the recent spate of "blackface" scandals involving the Governor of Virginia and others.
The former mayor discusses the history of white performers appearing in blackface, starting with minstrel shows of the 19th century, gives context to performers appearing as African - American performers and comments on more recent examples, including the Ralph Northam scandal.
Here's the latest from nypost.com:
"Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will not resign over the blackface fiasco - despite the growing din of demands that he step down, according to a close friend.
National and state Democrats have called for Northam’s resignation after a photo emerged of two men - one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood - in his medical school yearbook. Northam denied he is either of the two men, but in the process admitted he wore blackface to impersonate Michael Jackson.
Northam has hired IR+Media, an African-American-led crisis management company based in Washington, to help him navigate the political minefield going forward."