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CanadaWhy Trudeau’s ‘brownface’ photo is not shocking

18:15  19 september  2019
18:15  19 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Trudeau , who was 29-years-old at the time, is not only in brownface but he’ s also wearing a turban and robe — to match the party’ s theme. Trudeau has a long history of dressing up in the traditional clothing of South Asians. We’ve all seen the pictures of him with wife and children in tow donning

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised for wearing " brownface " make-up at a gala at a private school where he taught nearly two decades "What Canadians saw this evening is someone with a total lack of judgement and integrity and someone who is not fit to govern this country," he said.

Why Trudeau’s ‘brownface’ photo is not shocking© File photo The Jazz Singer opens in New York in 1927 in New York City. “From the 1880s through to the 1960s, blackface was performed regularly in public spaces, such as department stores, high school graduations, churches, women’s auxiliary groups, and even at summer camps,” writes Cheryl Thompson.

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By now, everyone has seen the image of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in “brownface” at a 2001 “Arabian Nights” party while he was a teacher at West Point Grey Academy, a private day school in Vancouver. Trudeau, who was 29-years-old at the time, is not only in brownface but he’s also wearing a turban and robe — to match the party’s theme.

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Justin Trudeau , Canada' s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he taught in 2001, a photo obtained by TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident. The photograph has not been previously reported. The picture was taken at an “Arabian Nights”-themed

The makeup that Trudeau is wearing in the photos is not limited to his face but is liberally applied across his Fourth, Justin Trudeau seems to have a blackface/ brownface problem, with earlier Why ? Because racial pantomimes are not really about costumes or humor but are about power, the

Brownface, a variation on blackface, is the racial caricaturing of “Brown” groups, such as Latin Americans, Indigenous people, and South Asians.

Trudeau has a long history of dressing up in the traditional clothing of South Asians. We’ve all seen the pictures of him with wife and children in tow donning traditional Indian and/or Sikh attire. Now we know where it comes from, and I’m not at all shocked by it.

If we keep it real for a minute, Trudeau is not the first (or last) white male to darken their skin in supposed jest. As someone who has spent the last 10 years studying blackface in Canada, the one thing I know to be true is that blackface is as Canadian as hockey. It literally was (is) performed everywhere.

When I was in high school in the 1990s, for example, a white teacher showed up in blackface dressed as a Rastafari from Jamaica. Students were outraged. I was outraged. But no one screamed racist or demanded that he was fired. While it sounds like a cliché, the times truly were different. The collective consciousness had not caught up with the social-cultural change that was taking place during that era — such as the rise of anti-racist and diversity training.

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The first photo of Justin Trudeau in blackface makeup was released on Sept. Why didn't this come up when Trudeau first ran? Trudeau first ran for the Liberals in the riding of Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet: Blanchet said he is "sincerely convinced" that Trudeau is not a racist.

See the photo of Justin Trudeau wearing brownface 00:42. Michael Bociurkiw is a global affairs analyst and The incident will surely play into the rival Conservative Party' s narrative that Trudeau is not the paragon of What baffles many analysts is why the Liberals waited until it came out this way.

When I was a PhD student at McGill University in 2011, then law-student Anthony Morgan filmed white students at a Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) school wearing blackface, once again dressed as Jamaicans. To say it was a déjà vu is an understatement. This incident brought into plain sight the realities that while whites still put on racial caricature as a joke, Black and brown people are no longer going to stay silent to it anymore, as we did 20 years ago.

The act of darkening one’s skin, often referred to as blackface, is a genre of performance that originated in the United States in the 1830s and 1840s, but by the 1850s Canada was firmly a part of the blackface circuit so much so that we even had our own stars, such as Colin “Cool” Burgess, who was born in Toronto in 1840 and who toured with most of the leading American blackface companies throughout the 1860s and 1870s.

From the 1880s through to the 1960s, blackface was performed regularly in public spaces, such as department stores, high school graduations, churches, women’s auxiliary groups, and even at summer camps.

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What they’re saying about Justin Trudeau: ‘Golden boy’ no more Prime Minister Trudeau has walked straight into scandal — and the world has taken notice. After Time magazine broke the story of Trudeau wearing brownface on Wednesday night, it made headlines everywhere. The New York Post, Le Monde in France, The Daily Mail in the U.K. — nearly every international outlet splashed the scandal across its pages. Most international media opted to publish mere summaries of the scandal, though, rather than analytical reactions to it.

A yearbook photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing “ brownface ” makeup at a 2001 costume party. Mr. Trudeau ’ s opponents were not able to capitalize on the episode for very long though. Mr. Scheer did not experience a corresponding rise in his popularity as Mr. Trudeau ’ s sank.

The photo was taken while Trudeau taught classes, including French, at the school, which he left after the Spring of 2001. One of Trudeau ' s opponents is a Sikh, and as such blasted Trudeau and claimed personal offense. “Seeing the Prime Minister in brownface /blackface is deeply saddening

After the 1960s, however, as a wave of socio-cultural shifts swept across North America, such as multiculturalism and affirmative action in the United States, coupled with more diverse representative on television and film, blackface was no longer accepted as routine. It was now considered racist.

Like most racist things, it did not go away. Nothing ever really goes away. It was relegated to private schools, private parties (especially at Halloween), and private spaces where Black and brown folks just did not go.

With social media, these private spaces now get thrust into plain sight. With the click of a button and an upload, racist moments from the past suddenly become part of the contemporary discussion about race, racism and white privilege.

Trudeau has always said that “diversity is our strength” and he’s clearly had an affinity for South Asian culture, but maybe he’s not so aware of the day-to-day realities of life for those very same people. Dress is, after all, just one aspect a culture; it is not the totality of it.

Racist jokes and mimicry happen everyday and such acts often go unreported and unnoticed. If there is anything that comes from this my hope is that we move beyond apologies to a long overdue conversation about racial inequality in our country.

Where blackface and brownface can be taken off, being Black and brown is for life.

Cheryl Thompson is an assistant professor in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University. She is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project on Canada's history of blackface. Dr. Thompson is author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada's Black Beauty Culture. Her next book, Uncle: Race, Nostalgia and the Politics of Race, will be published with Coach House Books in 2020.

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