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The Legacy of Blackface Ralph Northam Didn't Understand

The Legacy of Blackface Ralph Northam Didn't Understand

The Atlantic - Annika Neklason

In 1869, an Atlantic writer remembered darkening his face with burnt cork and acting out exaggerated caricatures of blackness with little reflection on the racial oppression and violence around him. Long before the future leaders of America were moonwalking with shoe polish smeared on their cheeks, …

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