Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult, and Imitation in American Popular Culture

Black Like You Blackface Whiteface Insult and Imitation in American Popular Culture A refreshingly clearheaded and taboo breaking look at race in America reveals our culture as neither Black nor White nor Other but a mix a mongrel Black Like You is an erudite and entertaining explor

  • Title: Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult, and Imitation in American Popular Culture
  • Author: John Strausbaugh Darius James
  • ISBN: 9781585424986
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A refreshingly clearheaded and taboo breaking look at race in America reveals our culture as neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix a mongrel Black Like You is an erudite and entertaining exploration of race relations in American popular culture Particularly compelling is the author s ability to tackle blackface a strange, often scandalous, and now taboo entertainA refreshingly clearheaded and taboo breaking look at race in America reveals our culture as neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix a mongrel Black Like You is an erudite and entertaining exploration of race relations in American popular culture Particularly compelling is the author s ability to tackle blackface a strange, often scandalous, and now taboo entertainment Although blackface performance came to be denounced as purely racist mockery, and shamefacedly erased from most modern accounts of American cultural history, Strausbaugh shows that, nevertheless, its impact has been deep and longlasting The influence of blackface can be seen in rock and roll and hip hop in vaudeville, Broadway, and drag performances in Mark Twain and gangsta lit in the earliest filmstrips and Hollywood s 2004 White Chicks on radio and television in advertising and product marketing and even in the way Americans speak With remarkable common sense and clarity, Strausbaugh candidly illuminates truths about race rarely discussed in public, including American culture neither conforms to knee jerk racism nor to political correctness It is neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix a mongrel No history is best forgotten however uncomfortable it may be to remember The power of blackface to enrage and mortify Americans to this day is reason enough to examine what it still tells us about our culture and ourselves Blackface is

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