RACISM HYPOCRISY: Blackface v. Hamilton the Musical

Liberals across the land have been in an uproar over the past few months because a couple of Virginia’s leaders once used blackface stage makeup and had their photos taken.

One was a medical school yearbook photo of Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic governor, who was wearing blackface makeup. Standing next to Northam with his blackface makeup was someone dressed like a KKK member. Northam has since apologized for the photo that was taken back in 1984.

Then, Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring was found to have posed for a photo in 1980 when he was 19, wearing blackface makeup. Herring said that the blackface was part of his costume where he dressed up as a black singer, but that nothing racial was intended.

Since the photos of the two men, photos taken over 34 years ago, radical racists have been calling for both men to resign or be impeached. The radical racists claim that any use of blackface is racist, no matter how innocent the reason.

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Using some kind of skin darkening makeup for theatrical purposes dates back around the time of the Civil War. It was used to depict blacks, who at the time, were not accepted in theatrical circles. They had their own culture and own style of music. Stage performers used black shoe or leather polish on their faces and hands, dawned on the ragged clothes worn by most blacks at the time and portrayed them and their music on the stage.

The practice continued for many years and was used a lot during days of Vaudeville and silent movies. Al Jolson, the famous jazz singer of the 1920s-30s dawned blackface makeup a number times when performing some of his famous songs like My Mammy and Swanee. In his famous 1927 film, The Jazz Singer, Jolson dawned blackface makeup when he portrayed a black minstrel performer.

There was nothing racist intended in Jolson’s performances, yet black racist activists have declared that any and all use of blackface makeup, no matter how innocent, is or was racist and has now been deemed offensive.

If that is the case, then what about the award winning musical Hamilton?

The musical won tons of acclaim by having black performers portray white people. The central figure, Alexander Hamilton was white, not black, and yet it has been more than acceptable to liberals across the nation.

The cast of Hamilton is putting on performances in the Cincinnati area from now through mid-March. On Wednesday, they went to the city of Hamilton, which is a suburb of Cincinnati, about 10-15 north of the Queen City. The city was named after Alexander Hamilton has a statue of him prominently displayed. Our local news was filled with the story and images of the cast of Hamilton standing in front of the statue of Hamilton.

There they were, black performers portraying white people standing in front of a statue of a famous white American, while at the same time, any and all uses of blackface to portray blacks is still being considered to be 100% racist.

This is typical of black activists who shout racism at nearly everything they see or hear. In their eyes, only whites are racists, but they are somehow justified for their hatred by the actions taken by people who lived over a 150 years ago. It’s a truly bigoted one-way street of hate-filled hypocrisy and the musical Hamilton is proof.

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David Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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