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Virginia Scandals Draw Attention To The Dehumanizing History Of Blackface

Virginia's governor and attorney general face calls to resign amid revelations they appeared in blackface decades ago. That's reviving a conversation around the history of blackface in our culture.
Wide-mouthed, blackface figures of Uncle Tom and postcards of eating watermelon perpetuated negative African-American stereotypes. The minstrel caricatures started showing up on toys, games, books, even postcards and everyday household items. Source: Olivia Sun

In Virginia, two of the top three statewide elected officials have admitted to wearing blackface several decades ago. While Gov. Ralph Northam denied that he appears in the racist photo on his page of his medical school yearbook, he did admit to painting his face with shoe polish while dressing up as Michael Jackson for a dance contest in

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