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1950 Blackface Performance: Vernon & Ryan

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Uploaded on Sep 30, 2007

Actors Glenn Vernon and Edward Ryan apply blackface make-up while on stage, and show us how blacks have been portrayed in minstrel shows for ages...

The producers do not tolerate or support racism in any form. In fact, they find racism to be abhorrent. This is merely a look at how black have been portrayed in the past using a historical clip from the 1949 feature film, Hollywood Varieties.

One does not have to look far to find many other examples of racial stereotyping in popular media in the first half of the 20th century. Radio shows, movies, and comic strips were filled with caricatures of Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, and every other minority. It is to our great credit that we have evolved as far as we have since then, but we should preserve our history and not try to rewrite it in some Orwellian attempt to excise those parts of it that we now find abhorrent.

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