Saturday, August 24, 2013

From 1978?

This is from 1978, on BBC.

It is one of the most remarkably racist-without-being-hateful-but-just-dumb things I have ever seen.  "Black" men wearing sombreros ogling and grabbing at scantily clad white women.  Just makes one cringe.

9 comments:

Tim Worstall said...

The show ran for 20 years as well. Hugely, hugely, popular, audiences of 18 million (in a country of only 60 million all told).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_and_White_Minstrel_Show

Tom said...

It's significant that this sort of thing disappeared, not because someone passed a law, but because racists lost the public debate on the merits. Public opprobrium is a subtle, but powerful tool.

Anonymous said...

That is just weird. The singing, the choreography, everything. (Oh, and the blackface, too.) There is just no accounting for taste.

Hard to believe it was less than 40 years ago.

Old Odd Jobs said...

Not racist

Patrick Sullivan said...

Well, since the minstrel show was originated by American blacks, how racist can it be;

http://black-face.com/jim-crow.htm

---------quote---------
The Character: African cultural traditions include many folk tales of trickster animals, including birds, such as crows and buzzards who seem foolish, but who always manage to get what they want through cleverness and luck. In the Yoruba culture of West Africa, he is a crow named "Jim." The slave trade brought these folk tales to America and "Jim Crow" was a favorite. Some slaves even adopted a Jim Crow type attitude as a way of coping with their enslavement. They would play dumb or act the fool as a clever way of avoiding work.

The Dance: Laws were passed in the 17th Century that prohibited slaves from performing their native dances because whites believed the slave way of dancing formed a cross with their feet, something they considered blasphemous. In order to evade the law, slaves developed a shuffle dance where their feet didn’t cross. They called the dance the Jim Crow.

The Song: Jump Jim Crow began as a slave folk song, then became a "corn song;" sung by slaves at corn huskings.
----------endquote----------

And, if it's really racist, why are 'the blacks' allowed to dance with beautiful white girls?

Anonymous said...

1978's sign of the apocalypse.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the good old days....

More weirdness

http://youtu.be/m1RuOrWo_P0?t=2m31s

http://youtu.be/9H71gPtRSgs

http://youtu.be/QNwehEZHt5M



goodne

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