Guests: Anthea Butler, Mark Tyler
The revelation that elected officials in Virginia had at one point worn or endorsed blackface in the recent past has caused us to grapple with its history and the demeaning message blackface represents. In the wake of these scandals, people are finding old college yearbooks that include white students in racist costumes that prove these were not isolated incidents, but a more common practice than commonly believed. And blackface is far from a relic of the past – students can still be found cosplaying as African-Americans at college parties today. Today on the show, we’ll examine the past and present of blackface, as well as the political firestorm surrounding Virginia’s Governor and State Senate Majority Leader. Joining us will be associate professor of religious studies at The University of Pennsylvania, ANTHEA BUTLER, and senior pastor at Philadelphia’s Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, MARK TYLER.