School superintendent suspended for blackface photo

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  1. RLWEBB

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    Paducah is strange. Issued query for photos of black mimes and found plenty online with white make-up applied, then discovered this article within the fetched results:







    POSTED INCULTURAL INVASION, MYTHS, RACISM
    Blackface is a First Amendment Right
    ROB LARRIKIN FEBRUARY 14, 2019 0 COMMENTS
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    Blackface was initially used to improve the lives of blacks. Al Jolsonwas actually promoting blacks when he applied makeup and sang in their place. He wanted to show life from their point of view, and many white people were educated to the conditions blacks suffered as a result.

    While most people loved Jolson, there were those who were angry about his odes to blacks. The Democrat KKK hated Al Jolson and detested his blackface as they believed it made blacks look good. They were among the first to angrily disapprove of that theatrical art form, as you would expect. It was clearly helping blacks enter the world of theater, film and sound recordings. Much of this has been forgotten after decades of left-winged attacks on blackface, which is a shame.

    Today Lefties have convinced everyone, even conservatives, that blackface is evil incarnate. For example, conservative commentator Rob Smith appeared on Watters’ World the other day to discuss a couple of issues, including blackface, which he said is bad. Wendy Osefo, a liberal, agreed with him. Many blacks think they “own” this issue, but it was around long before Africans set foot in America.

    Caucasians have been utilizing dark makeup to hunt, fight and dance for millennia. Light-skinned warriors would apply charcoal or black mud to their face and neck before going on a raid. Aside from being great camouflage, it helped keep mosquitoes at bay. After smearing mud on their fair skin, white hunters found it easier to hunt at night. It made them hard to see, protected them against bugs, and helped cover their scent. When hunters returned, the tribe would eat and dance around the fire with their makeup still on. So began a tradition of using clay, soot, mud, ink, paint or chalk to color the skin during such dances, adding to the entertainment. It was also used during initiations, sacrifices, and marriage ceremonies. It was not used to “mock” anyone or as a “racist barb.”

    Meanwhile, black tribesmen had no need to darken their faces. They were already dark. They would understand whites’ need for blackface very well, even considering it a way to “fix” their complexion.

    The Constitution

    Applying blackface for entertainment was perfectly acceptable by whites and blacks, and like any other entertainment, it was always protected by the First Amendment.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging thefreedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    If someone wants to put soot or paint on their face, as their ancestors did for millennia, it is their right to do so.

    Everyone loved Al Jolson, especially blacks.

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    Here is what even the left-winged Wikipedia says about Al Jolson:

    According to music historians Bruce Crowther and Mike Pinfold: “During his time he was the best known and most popular all-around entertainer America (and probably the world) has ever known, captivating audiences in the theatre and becoming an attraction on records, radio, and in films. He opened the ears of white audiences to the existence of musical forms alien to their previous understanding and experience… and helped prepare the way for others who would bring a more realistic and sympathetic touch to black musical traditions.” Black songwriter Noble Sissle, in the 1930s, said “[h]e was always the champion of the Negro songwriter and performer, and was first to put Negroes in his shows”. Of Jolson’s “Mammy” songs, he adds, “with real tears streaming down his blackened face, he immortalized the Negro motherhood of America as no individual could.”

    Jolson loved black musicians, and they loved him. He was not denigrating them with his performances – he was saluting them.

    From the same source:

    Jolson often performed in blackface makeup. Performing in blackface makeup was a theatrical convention of many entertainers at the beginning of the 20th century, having its origin in the minstrel show. According to film historian Eric Lott: “For the white minstrel man to put on the cultural forms of ‘blackness’ was to engage in a complex affair of manly mimicry… To wear or even enjoy blackface was literally, for a time, to become black, to inherit the cool, virility, humility, abandon, or gaité de coeur that were the prime components of white ideologies of black manhood.”

    See the tributes to Al Jolson by American blacks here.

    According to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture: “Almost single-handedly, Jolson helped to introduce African-American musical innovations like jazz, ragtime, and the blues to white audiences… [and] paved the way for African-American performers like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Ethel Waters… to bridge the cultural gap between black and white America.”



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    How Bill Maher might look in blackface
    If you watched Democrat behavior since President Trump’s election, you are familiar with their penchant for creating Fake News, and how they use the race card to stir up racial tensions each day. They keep blacks on the plantation to harvest their votes, by convincing them that conservatives are racist. They devised the tag ‘African American’ to remind blacks of their slave roots, yet black Americans have been in the U.S. for more than seven generations. If your Italian ancestors came to the States seven generations ago, we call you ‘American,’ not ‘Italian American.’ The same applies if your ancestor was British, French, Japanese, or any other nationality. Yet blacks are called AfricanAmericans, as though they disembarked from slave ships last week. Never mind that it was Democrats who imported slaves and fought to keep slavery during the Civil War, or that Republicans died by the score to end slavery, under Republican President Abraham Lincoln..

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    Politicization of blackface

    Racist Democrats took an innocent form of entertainment; much loved by blacks themselves and turned it into a political weapon. It has now been caricatured into a preposterous cult where they even describe chimney sweeps from Mary Poppins, a 1964 musical film, or coal miners with coal dust on their faces, as racists!

    There is now a level of fanaticism regarding this myth that approaches the stultification of science by the Catholic Church during the early modern period. For centuries the Catholic Church insisted the Earth did not move. Most people in the 17th century agreed with them, as most people today agree with Rob Smith and Wendy Osefo about blackface.

    Both were wrong. It took the Catholic Church 359 years 6 months 19 days to admit their mistake. How long will it take Rob and Wendy?

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    Blacks using whiteface

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    There are hordes of mimes and clowns in the world. Many thousands of them are black, and paint on whiteface. When we see black mime artists or clowns in whiteface do we accuse them of trying to mock white people? Pardon the pun, but this is black and white hypocrisy.

    Black mimes and clowns use whiteface for the same reason humans have been using it since man first walked on two legs. His hands were free to do creative things, so he used them. Creativity means smearing different colors on your face. It is an activity as old as man.

    Yet today’s Lefties have a phobia about blackface; a fad; a cult; a passing craze. Our great grandchildren will look back and laugh at them for being so stupid.



    Reverse Racism

    Hating blackface is a form of reverse racism. People cannot say they hate blacks nowadays, so instead, they say they hate blackface. They hold up a photo of a person in blackface and shout, “This is disgusting!”

    Subconsciously they mean, “Blacks are disgusting!” As they denigrate others, they are really just describing their innermost thoughts. People like myself, who have no problem with blackface, have no problem with blacks. I judge people by their actions and deeds. Under me, immigration would only admit law-abiding, talented migrants, wealthy enough to guarantee they would never go on welfare, provided they signed a contract to that effect. I would use America’s drawing power to attract the best. That system is colorblind. Applicants who scored highly would pass, regardless of color.

    White-skinned Democrats pretend to be non-racist but hate blacks along with most Hispanics and Arabs, and nothing is sillier than seeing two blacks sitting in a Watters World set, chatting about how lousy blackface is. They need to figure out that they have black faces, and to start liking them.







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    https://www.leftyliars.com/black-mimes-use-whiteface/

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  4. HeadedWest

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  5. These actors on SNL mock Trump and other WHITE politicians by making exaggerated facial expressions and actions of the way they really are, but if somebody makes exaggerated expressions associated with a black person it’s suddenly racist? Lol whatever, I’m not participating in this stupidity.
     
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    I will make fun of just about anything and anyone, and in very unique fashion. I have not watched but less than a handful of SNL, ever since the departure of "The Not Ready For Prime-Time Players". Just like cartoons at an unusually early age, that program completely lost my interest at that point. I always preferred Monty Python style humor, anyway. It was much more intellectual. Regardless, if you are watching SNL, you are, in fact, "participating", via exposure to its nonsensical leftist propaganda, all the while increasing its ratings thereby revenue, as well as that of its sponsors, most of which likely dump money into illegal elections of far leftists. Simply find something else to do.
     
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    The photograph does not appear to require further explanation, being that the two individuals are standing in front of a sign wishing all a Happy Halloween while pretending to be something that they are not. The custom of doing so is old, and those two costumes pale in comparison to many outrageous ones in which I have seen over the years. I see absolutely no issue with either costume and likely would not with any costume. I may read the article while at the spa having my hair done (no time now).
     
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    He can always become governor of Virginia.
     
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    Well his linkedIn page says he graduated from Centre in 1997 so 20 years ago, when the photo was taken, would put him around 25/26 years old.

    I understand what you are saying but when are we going to stop going back 20 or 30 years and hold people to today's standards?
    It's very hypocritical to me. "We need change!...but if you do change we will never ever let you live down what you did years and years ago!"
     
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    Currently in Paducah and quickly learned the lowdown regarding how the photo became public... no time to type right now and no intention of gossiping about that part, either.
     
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    Finally made it away from strange Paducah and had time to read a bit. I read the article containing the photo and found it to be ludicrous hype over nothing. I looked at the photo a bit closer and decided the female should have made her buttocks much larger, too. Disgustingly amazing how humongous so very many Americans buttocks have become since then; worse, is that some will purchase wearable inserts for every day, not just Halloween:


    https://www.amazon.com/RosinKing-Underwear-Silicone-Enhancer-Shapewear/dp/B07Q3DBRKS


    While I can perfectly understand anyone dressing up for Halloween as anything at all, being that such is what is supposed to occur for that holiday, when one carries such over into every day, I consider it to be a form of what is termed by many today as mental illness.

    Very glad this writer's website was fetched within the previous results. I have enjoyed the few articles digested thus far, as well as the comics and highly recommend it. A bit about the writer:

    https://www.leftyliars.com/about-rob-larrikin/
     
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    I agree that we take things too far when judging prominent people’s past. I also think we agree that culture changes and with it socially acceptable behavior.

    In my opinion, judging from the article I posted, it would appear that the superintendent took his picture to the board in an attempt at self-preservation during a time (2019) where society was once again affirming that black facing is unacceptable and almost surely rooted in real racism.

    Personally, I wouldn’t really have any issue in the costume if it was an attempt to be a specific person and not a stereotype of a race. Honestly, the woman is way more offensive.

    That be said, I can empathize with black (white too I guess) families in that school district who would be seriously offended and question whether their children would be pre-judged or treated differently due to the color of their skin.
     
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    That part seems logical based upon what I was told today. I believe it likely that what I was told is true and the reason that the man was not terminated. If what I was told is true, you and every other man, black, white, red, yellow, green and purple upon this website and more would likely be having a totally hissy fit over it, too. FACT
     

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