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Thread #161296 Message #3834776
Posted By: Senoufou
25-Jan-17 - 12:02 PM
Thread Name: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Subject: RE: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Guest Pariah, that's a very interesting point. My husband's region of origin has a certain population of white people (mostly French) but they are relatively well-off and live in the wealthy areas of the city.
From his accounts they rather despise the black people they once colonised, but there is no overt racism. He has had (as you suggest) no experience of Western racist expression. And has had no racism directed at him in all the years he's lived here in UK, I'm happy to say. But if the Border Morris folk had an ounce of racist feeling in them, they'd hardly invite him to dance with them, grab him for photos and recognise him from one event to another like a long-lost friend. I realise that this might be due to a rather patronising attitude, but I very much doubt it.
However, I see your point that a British-born black person might feel very differently. I don't know any, as our area is devoid of any black residents. They might find the sight of a blacked-up dancer evokes memories of minstrels, unkind parody and so on. I'm afraid I can't say. But if so, wouldn't they stridently object to it nationally, in large numbers, and lobby the authorities to ban it?