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Thread #161296 Message #3834771
Posted By: GUEST,Morris-ey
25-Jan-17 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Subject: RE: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
For every black person who is not offended, there is one that is and probably twice that number of white people taking offence on behalf of black people.
I don't think blackface Border has anything to do with Minstrelsy, which a few here seem to hang everything on, nor do I think those that apply Blackface are inherently or actually racist. Nor do I think that the huge number of Border sides have any clue as to the history of Blackface beyond the advent of the Shropshire Bedlams in 1975 - a side that has moved on from Blackface.
However, if you perform in multi-cultural Britain blacked-up you need to be aware of cultural sensibilities and sensitivities. You might not care about that but others might not care about your "tradition".