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Blackface for Halloween? Don’t do it

 |   | Chicago Tribune

NC State historian says minstrelsy desensitized Americans to horrors of chattel slavery. These performances were object lessons about the harmlessness of southern slavery. By encouraging audiences to laugh, they showed bondage as an appropriate answer for the lazy, ignorant slave. Blair L.M. Kelley, history, featured.