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Thread #161296 Message #3831701
Posted By: GUEST,Morris-ey
10-Jan-17 - 11:43 AM
Thread Name: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Subject: RE: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
A few thoughts on Border Morris and Blackface Border:
The first Border, and Blackface, I came across was Silurian from Shropshire, who had an inspired and inspiring leader who explained blackface as disguise.
The second was Shropshire Bedlams who, in my opinion made Border into a spectacle that no other Morris could match. The downside was the spawning of so many of the truly shit Border (blackface or not) that we see today.
Border is the most modern style of the Morris revival and the least supported by any real historic evidence.
What I am absolutely sure of is that Blackface in Border, whether in its time or now, has nothing to do with Minstrelsy or Racism.
The Birmingham protestors were British Asians. It does not matter whether they were black, white, Asian.
Times and attitudes and moral sensibilities change. Morris must recognise this.
If your "tradition" requires disguise then by all means do it, but be a bit more 21st century about it.