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Black History Month February 2019

People of color has been the target of some of the worst atrocities throughout history. The Brutality, hatred, racism and many inhumane acts perpetrated against a people never stopped. The wickedness is disguised and is being administered ever so slowly. One of these heinous acts is the mocking of people of color. This was used by people who lack the intelligence to understand Greatness. (BLACKFACE MINSTREL SHOW)

Just recently Virginia Politicians have dredged up some old wounds.

Virginia Governor:

Ralph Northam's Medical school yearbook photo is of him in blackface.

Virginia Attorney General:

Mark Herring wore blackface at a party on campus at the University of Virginia.

There have been others such as Ted Danson, Sarah Silverman, Jason Aldean, Colton Haynes, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and the Canadian Drake appeared in blackface.

Gucci one of the leaders in Fashion. Founded in 1921 is worth $14.9 Billion Dollars. They've recently come under fire for a design that looks like blackface. The Black Balaclava Sweater 2018 Fall Winter Collection. This sweater some are calling Haute Couture cost $900 Dollars.

Gucci has apologized for making such a bonehead mistake. The sweater has been pulled from the market.

Gucci Statement Via Twitter

“deeply apologizes for the offense caused” “We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make,”

“We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.” Gucci

There has been a call to boycott Gucci by T. I.

Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame as well as other artists and the public.

"As a 7 figure/yr customer & long time supporter of your brand I must say...Y’all GOT US f---ed UP!!! APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED!!!!" Tip wrote on Instagram alongside a Gucci logo. "We ain’t going for this “oops my bad I didn’t mean to be racist and disrespectful towards your people” shit!!! Y’all knew wtf y’all was doin and WE AINT GOING FOR IT!!!"

Consumers spend Millions of Dollars on Gucci Merchandise every year. This blatant disrespect is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. How is it that no one Gucci was able to tell him this was a bad idea.

These caricatures set the stereotype from people of color.

Mammy, Uncle Tom, Jim Crow, Zip Coon, Wench/ Jezebel, Buck, Mulato, Pickaninny.

Once introduced to the World many people expected all people of color to be this way.

The 19th Century was the birth of Blackface.

Black actors weren't accepted on stage unless they were in blackface.

Can you imagine the feeling of no being able to Perform I am your own skin because of white people's hatred and fears.

Blackface Makeup:

Consisted of burnt cork on a layer of Coca Butter or Black grease paint.

In the early years exaggerated red lips were painted around their mouths. In later years the lips were usually painted white or unpainted. Costumes were usually gaudy combinations of formal wear; swallowtail coats, striped trousers, and top hats.

1840 - 1890 the Minstrel was the most popular type of entertainment in America. Imitating the Black culture and suffering was trendy.

Music, Dance and speaking in a plantation dialect. Jokes, songs, dances & skits. Slavery was the big joke. Jim Crow The term Jim Crow originated in 1830 when a White minstrel show performer, Thomas "Daddy" Rice, blackened his face with burnt cork and danced a jig while singing the lyrics to the song, "Jump Jim Crow." Zip Coon First performed by George Dixon in 1834, Zip Coon made a mockery of free blacks. An arrogant, ostentatious figure, he dressed in high style and spoke in a series of malaprops and puns that undermined his attempts to appear dignified.

Jim Crow and Zip Coon eventually merged into a single stereotype called simply "coon." Mammy Mammy is a source of earthy wisdom who is fiercely independent and brooks no backtalk. Although her image changed a little over the years, she was always a favorite of advertisers. Uncle Tom Toms are typically good, gentle, religious and sober. Images of Uncle Toms were another favorite of advertisers and "Uncle Ben" is still being used to sell rice

Buck The Buck is a large Black man who is proud, sometimes menacing, and always interested in White women.

Wench/Jezebel The temptress. During the minstrel era, wenches were typically a male in female garb. In film, wenches were usually female mulattos. Mulatto A mixed-blood male or female. In film, often portrayed as a tragic figure who either intentionally or unintentionally passes for White until they discover they have Negro blood or are discovered by another character to be Black. Pickaninny Picaninnies have bulging eyes, unkempt hair, red lips and wide mouths into which they stuff huge slices of watermelon.

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By: Faddys Place

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