We all know the history of blackface, right?
The credit goes to Jewish-Americans, Thomas Dartmouth Rice, and Al Jolson. They are the most prominent performers of blackface in history.
Thomas Dartmouth has since been gifted the credit of creating “Jim Crow”, the performance (although it is a black creation). Go do your Googles!
Is Blackface Offensive?
Yes, blackface is dangerous and demoralizing. Brazenly taking the image of a people and degrading it, is an act of psychological warfare.
If you’re in disbelief, just take a look at how China handles the imports of movies from Hollywood. Many movies are banned and the rest are edited – especially if they portray negative images of Chinese people.
By decimating the integrity of a people in media you create an idea of inferiority in the subconscious minds of everyone who views. That subconscious view can manifest in the form of racism, prejudice, and war.
Blackface needs to end.
Is whiteface a thing?
Hell yeah, it is. At least in my opinion. There’s just one difference – it’s not offensive. It’s uplifting and empowering.
Do you remember “The Wiz”? Of course, you do – it starred Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor. It’s a staple in “black culture”.
Now, they’re not painting their faces white but this is a classic “white culture” film. Isn’t that – dare I say – “cultural appropriation?” Ha!
What do you think black people would say if white people remade “Raisin in the Sun” with an all white cast.
Or better yet, “The Color Purple”. Could you imagine Roseanne Barr playing Oprah Winfrey’s character, Sofia? Now, THAT is hilarious.
I’d actually like to see this now that I think about it. lol
What about the play “Hamilton”? I HATED IT!
I didn’t hate the actors or storyline or production. The piece was well performed and executed. It is a masterpiece for Broadway.
Why did I hate?
Because blacks are recreating “white culture”? Blacks on the one-hand claim that whites oppress them, then, on the other hand, they take their stories and gladly perform them with honor. The viewers cheered this creation. I did not.
Blacks are restoring pride in a white story at the expense of black imagery. It’s as if they are puppets for a white ventriloquist.
It seems that if a story doesn’t depict blacks as slaves or repurpose white culture, then it’s not worthy of being told.
What about this recent Pirelli calendar where they reimagine the white classic “Alice in Wonderland” with an all black cast?
(This is no knock on Diddy and the others who participated. When you are an entertainer, you don’t pass up opportunities like this. But if blacks don’t support creations like this, then the avenue would not exist for entertainers to exploit.)
Again, this is blacks in whiteface. And what did many blacks do? They cheered – like it’s some sort of achievement.
Blacks have such a deep love for white people that they celebrate any moment they are let into white culture.
A new formula for success in TV and Hollywood is to give blacks “representation”. By doing so, the creators can secure financial gains from the wallets of blacks.
It’s like the old pickpocket sign trick.
Pickpockets cleverly place a sign that says “Beware of pickpockets”. When people see the sign, they reach for their wallet to secure it. This action allows the pickpocket to identify which pocket the wallet is in to make the grab.
When you support these pieces, guess where these royalty checks go. Certainly not to the black community. Guess whose community is being empowered by these black spent dollars.
Put black faces on a movie screen and blacks will scurry to the theaters like rats behind the Pied Piper.
In an interview with GQ magazine, John Boyega says “There are no black people on Game of Thrones.”
Here’s another example of blacks complaining about being included in white spaces. I’d like to describe this as an “internal feeling of inadequacy”.
GOT is a TV show depicted in Europe. How upset would blacks be if they had white people in movies set in Africa? We already know that answer.
Is Beyonce a form of whiteface?
I’ve lost count on how many fair-skinned “black women” choose blond hair. It’s popular if you pay attention.
Recently, Madame Tussaud recreated Beyonce in wax. It looked like Brittney Spears.
But let’s be honest – Beyonce does resemble a white woman (if describe her in words). How long has she had blond hair now? It’s been so long that I can’t remember her ever having her natural dark hair.
Can we be that mad when they create her wax figure and it looks like a white woman? No!
I firmly believe that in a century, people will be arguing over whether Beyonce was a black woman or not.
When are blacks going to stop forcing their way into white spaces and stop complaining when they aren’t included?
Yesterday, someone asked me, “Does representation not matter?”
My response: “Representation in white spaces does NOT matter. Representation in black OWNED spaces DOES.”
Representation in white spaces does NOT matter. Representation in black OWNED spaces DOES. https://t.co/aiqoZFNRFF
— Hotep Jesus 👑 (@VibeHi) July 24, 2017
Look at Bollywood – India’s version of Hollywood.
They don’t complain about the lack of representation or poor presentation. They CREATE their own images and industry.
Some may argue that the movies aren’t as good as Hollywood and the special effects…blah blah blah. That’s beside the point. Indians look past those shortcomings and support their own regardless. They create images they can be proud of.
These images are a part of their culture and their children are raised in this. They have no worry of an inferiority complex brewing in their youth. From adolescence, pride is firmly established.
If blacks are to be concerned with how they are portrayed, and they should be, they need to start CREATING the images they want to see and stop forcing their way into white culture and white spaces. Ultimately, all they do is fortify the people they claim to be their enemy.