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Blackface Controversy

Updated on September 21, 2019
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ShyeAnne lives on beautiful Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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Blackface pertaining to racism is a hot topic in the news this week in Canada as we head into the 2019 Fall election.

Michael Adamson, a Vancouver business man, provided a photograph of our current prime minister Justin Trudeau, dressed up as Aladdin, complete with Blackface, for an Arabian Nights themed costume party eighteen years ago, to Time Magazine.

Time Magazine published the picture of Justin Trudeau in an article that came out on September 18, 2019.


"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." - Oscar Wilde

Imitation-The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Why do we continue to allow ourselves to be triggered by perceived slights and intellectual indignities regarding the color of our skin? There is no intent to trivialize the years of ignorance perpetuated on humans that weren't born white in my query. I am genuinely curious about this.

Is it possible Trudeau was honoring persons of color when he dressed up as Aladdin back in his university days?

After all, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." - Oscar Wilde

I personally don't believe Justin Trudeau's dress-up costume was racially motivated. It looks to me like he was enjoying being Aladdin.



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Is Justin Trudeau a Racist?

Whether one agrees or disagrees with how Prime Minister Trudeau governs our beautiful Canada, it is a stretch to believe he is a racist. The numbers of refugees accepted into Canada since he became prime minister in 2015, over 60,000, should annihilate that thought in the average intelligent Canadian.


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Do you think coloring one's skin for a dress -up costume is racist?

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So, what I am asking, is for you to give serious thought to people donning black, brown, red, or if you are already one of those colors, whiteface when they are playing dress-up. Does it, should it, automatically be seen as depicting racism? Perhaps we could look at the individual circumstances for each instance and concede that maybe admiration, respect or just plain fun could be attributed to the painted face?

If a human paints themselves red and goes trick or treating dressed up as the Devil should they be ostracized for depicting evil?

It is a valid question.


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My query and subject content may be wildly unpopular to the general masses and may be negatively received.

I apologize for that in advance.

I simply want to generate healthy awareness and positive communication around a very controversial subject.

Make it a great day!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 ShyeAnne

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    • ShyeAnne profile imageAUTHOR

      ShyeAnne 

      3 weeks ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      Hi John Hansen, I 100% agree that people seem to go out of their way to be offended these days. Not all Canadians are fans of our current prime minister here in Canada but it really is a stretch to think he is racist.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I don't think it is racist at all, especially in this instance. we should be more concerned with real racist acts that harm another in some way, such as the actions of the KKK etc. I can remember a popular TV show called The Black and White Minstrels and Al Jolson painted his face black as well. I know things have changed and what was acceptable back then isn't now....but people seem to go out of their way to find things offensive.

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      ShyeAnne 

      4 weeks ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      https://hubpages.com/politics/Blackface

      R Talloni Thank you for your thoughtful contribution of thoughts. It is definitely a multi-faceted issue open to a wildly differing interpretations. Kathleen Cochrane I whole-heartedly agree.

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      RTalloni 

      4 weeks ago

      Interesting questions you ask. The big problem with imitation actually is when evil is imitated, but in a society that wants to deny evil exists, or decides that it's okay to be entertained by it, people lose the ability to look at problems and discern what's at the root, therefore how to solve them.

      The motivation behind dressing as a person of another color answers the issue. Allowing a part of society to attack people who have no ill-will toward another race for old behaviors, especially in times so different from today, is to entrench confusion in people's thinking. And it dismisses the fact that people learn and grow.

      Where does this kind of thing end is an important question to seriously consider, along with what the motive is behind the accusations...what is it that the people in the movement really want? Hating white people as some black people do is the same as white people hating black people (or other colors), but even that is being denied by some.

      It is all an insanity that has deteriorated racial progress and worked to divide people rather than bring them together. We need to stop listening to what the media promotes and really talk to each other in our every day lives. That is where we discover the beautiful common ground that is alive and well among every day people.

      Instead of flinging rhetoric, unfounded accusations, and living a do as I say and let me do what I want mindset, we still have an opportunity to help each other do some growing up. Thanks for opening a discussion on the topic.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 weeks ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      In a world where a series of sexual assaults in college doesn't keep you off the Supreme Court, I think we ought to give less serious college behaviors a pass.

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