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The Black & White Minstrel Show was a popular British television show.  A petition against it went to the BBC in 1967.  The characters in Joe Egg make a few derogatory references about black people.

The Black & White Minstrel Show was a popular British television show. A petition against it went to the BBC in The characters in Joe Egg make a few derogatory references about black people.

Detail from cover of The Celebrated Negro Melodies, as Sung by the Virginia Minstrels, 1843

Four-member band in black face make-up playing tambourine, fiddle, banjo and percussion in exaggerated poses.

Don't get what's wrong with blackface? Here's why it's so offensive. - Its American origins can be traced to minstrel shows. In the mid to late nineteenth century, white actors would routinely use black grease paint on their faces when depicting plantation slaves and free blacks on stage.

Ned Haverly, grandson of J. Haverly who ran the United Mastodon Minstrels. Since he learned his act from one of the great century minstrels shows, we get a good glimpse into how minstrel shows really looked and sounded.

Minstrelsy began a long tradition of White performers in music and stage taking from Black performance and presenting it to White audiences. While the names of the various people who were heavy influences on the minstrelMinstrelsy began a long tradition of White performers in music and stage taking from Black performance and presenting it to White audiences. While the names of the various people who were heavy influences on the minstrel show were lost to history, there are a few that pop up…

Minstrelsy began a long tradition of White performers in music and stage taking from Black performance and presenting it to White audiences. While the names of the various people who were heavy influences on the minstrelMinstrelsy began a long tradition of White performers in music and stage taking from Black performance and presenting it to White audiences. While the names of the various people who were heavy influences on the minstrel show were lost to history, there are a few that pop up…

In the 1840s and '50s, William Henry Lane and Thomas Dilward became the first African Americans to perform on the minstrel stage. All-black troupes followed as early as 1855. These companies emphasized that their ethnicity made them the only true delineators of black song and dance, with one advertisement describing a troupe as "SLAVES from Alabama, EARNING THEIR FREEDOM by giving concerts under the guidance of their Northern friends". 1859 playbill of Bryant's Minstrels

The Walkaround - To conclude the walkaround, the semicircle disbanded and the performers danced together. Detail from a playbill of the Bryant's Minstrels, 19 December

Minstrel Show Blackface Stump Speech Slim Williams delivers a stump speech in blackface. This was an important part of nearly every minstrel show -- a performer delivers a political speech filled with puns and malaprops. The speaker's demeanor is reminiscent of the pomposity of Zip Coon; he aspires to great dignity, wisdom and intelligence, but his hilarious mangling of language always makes him appear foolish and ignorant.

Slim Williams delivers a stump speech in blackface. This was an important part of nearly every minstrel show -- a performer delivers a political speech fille.

I was given the option to lesser myself while an individual indulged perverse of  a normal subject, knowing it gave interim to abuse me. The orchestrations around abuses would make you look like this.  Puppetting.  I've been evicted from a HUD/VASH slum.  It was to whites and a spanish female, a Tawain male.  They look like this every time I said ,"Just do your job."    ------------------------  The Original Jim Crow

Acording to Farris State University jim crow laws were racial segregation laws in the U. from the years 1877 to the Some laws kept african americans from voting overall keeping the politicians in power no matter what.

The American minstrel performer Japanese Tommy, aka Thomas Dilward, circa 1860. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection.    "Thomas Dilward (1840–1902), also known by the stage name Japanese Tommy, was an African American dwarf who performed in the blackface minstrel show". (Wiki)

The American minstrel performer Japanese Tommy, aka Thomas Dilward, circa Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. "Thomas Dilward also known by the stage name Japanese Tommy, was an African American dwarf who performed in the blackface minstrel show".

Political Satire… or a State-funded Minstrel Show?

A rodeo clown by the name of Terry Gessling (right) dawns a mask intended to be a caricature of President Barack Obama.