The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, February 11, 2019

Why blackface remains popular on college campuses - The Washington Post

Sweeping changes in immigration and labor tipped the balance of this delicate exchange. As historian Eric Lott explains, blackface transformed into a performance that “assuaged an acute sense of insecurity by indulging feelings of racial superiority” among the European immigrants. In a precarious moment of change, it became a way for European immigrants to secure their superiority over African Americans and thus become white.

In this period, “whiteness” was central to asserting rights of citizenship. But this racial category was in flux. Irish people were considered closer to black than white, and the government questioned if they would ever be fit for citizenship. Jewish, Italian and other European groups were met with equal scrutiny.


This is all news to me, if it's not utterly fake.

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