During the Christmas holidays that are celebrated in Spain between the months of December and January, hundreds of horse riding with the Magi fill the streets for the illusion of the smaller ones. One of them, Balthazar, is represented in many localities with a person of white skin that make up the face of black. This fact, known as "Blackface" , it may seem normal in our country. However, across the pond, reaching up to united States and Canada , is a serious problem which carries consequences.
In fact, the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau , is teetering on the brink for an image that has gone viral in which it appears in 2001 in the guise of Aladdin with the face painted black. Thousands of voices have come out to meet him for criticising harshly and tildándole racist. "I should not have done. It had to have been aware, but not what I was, and what I really feel", has recognized leading canadian.
Here is where the question arises, if in Spain, for example, would not have been something momentous, why paint one's face black in the USA and Canada it is considered a racist slur? Well, the term "Blackface" started to expand in the NINETEENTH century, in an era in which the minstrel –men– white skin, in theatrical shows, caricaturizaban to black africans pintándose the skin with enamel, and cork. In those times, africans were forced to be slaves to keep the plantations of the southern united States. In addition, they are represented with garments tattered and as people lazy, little-grown and over-sexual. But it does not end here, to hide the brutal slavery to which they were subjected, also showed them as happy people.
With the passage of years, societies american and canadian were aware of the connotation of racism that supposed to be the gesture of painting the face of black due to the origins of this action. Despite the fact that in the NINETEENTH century it might seem funny for the white, it was hurtful and degrading to the black community . Little by little she was bringing awareness to the cause due to the past of slavery and the "Blackface" was, and is, interpreted as a racist slur. Both want to cut with that which, in the year 1960, the civil rights Movement in the united States forced to ban it, since he was considered an obvious example of racism. Today, the "Blackface" you can dig the grave policy of some of the leaders, and finish with your reputation.
Updated Date: 21 September 2019, 13:00