Week 8


“Performers adopt personae when they go out on stage. They can be exuberant or cool, clumsy or smooth…Throughout American history whites have had the freedom to choose any of these traits without being accused of anything worse than playing to the crowd. But whenever a black performer chooses a persona featuring several of the traits we’ve mentioned…the accusation of minstrelsy tends to follow” (Austen and Yuval p.13). #unfair #blackface #minstrelsy #Mack

Black performers are faced with more challenges when white people have more freedom. Black face performers during the minstrel shows early in the 19th century began stereotyping blacks but were very popular among audiences.

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