Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult, and Imitation in American Popular Culture

Black Like You Blackface Whiteface Insult and Imitation in American Popular Culture A refreshingly clearheaded and taboo breaking look at race in America reveals our culture as neither Black nor White nor Other but a mix a mongrel Black Like You is an erudite and entertaining explor

  • Title: Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult, and Imitation in American Popular Culture
  • Author: John Strausbaugh Darius James
  • ISBN: 9781585424986
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A refreshingly clearheaded and taboo breaking look at race in America reveals our culture as neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix a mongrel Black Like You is an erudite and entertaining exploration of race relations in American popular culture Particularly compelling is the author s ability to tackle blackface a strange, often scandalous, and now taboo entertainA refreshingly clearheaded and taboo breaking look at race in America reveals our culture as neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix a mongrel Black Like You is an erudite and entertaining exploration of race relations in American popular culture Particularly compelling is the author s ability to tackle blackface a strange, often scandalous, and now taboo entertainment Although blackface performance came to be denounced as purely racist mockery, and shamefacedly erased from most modern accounts of American cultural history, Strausbaugh shows that, nevertheless, its impact has been deep and longlasting The influence of blackface can be seen in rock and roll and hip hop in vaudeville, Broadway, and drag performances in Mark Twain and gangsta lit in the earliest filmstrips and Hollywood s 2004 White Chicks on radio and television in advertising and product marketing and even in the way Americans speak With remarkable common sense and clarity, Strausbaugh candidly illuminates truths about race rarely discussed in public, including American culture neither conforms to knee jerk racism nor to political correctness It is neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix a mongrel No history is best forgotten however uncomfortable it may be to remember The power of blackface to enrage and mortify Americans to this day is reason enough to examine what it still tells us about our culture and ourselves Blackface is still alive Its impact and derivations including Black performers in whiteface can be seen all around us.

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    1. Barbikat60

      Incredibly fascinating book about The African slave and Black American influence on American white culture and how the two cultures are intertwined. At first I was angry because of the racist aspect of how White America embraced Black Culture but then I got over it and realized that Blacks took as much from White culture as They did from Blacks. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and a Black soul singer did a cover of Hey Jude. When I heard the Beatles' version, I was highly indignant tha [...]

    2. Antoinette

      During the late 1800's and early 1900's minstrel shows mocking black life in the South were well attended and received rave reviews. Politicians, clergymen, and scholars filled the theaters each night to watch “darkies” make fools of themselves. Sometimes the most talented African American performers would appear in the shows, hoping to make a name for themselves. Dancing along with Caucasian men in Blackface, a style of makeup that made white people appear black and mocked black culture, th [...]

    3. Jessica M Williams

      John Strausbaugh is a racist Caucasoid! In this “work of art” he nonchalantly expresses his biases explaining the culture of Blackface in America and Europe. He’a the main mortal to attend one of these musicals and jerk off to songs like “Uncle Tom the Rukus.” I believe that whites are infatuated with people of color. To think about the time consumed in pretending to be something you’re not and never will be (a person with melanin.) Oh, my, my, my. Reader beware if you’re of Africa [...]

    4. Zeo

      This is what I wrote about the book back when I read it, in classic no-capitals style:this book was actually rather a disappointment. it is definitely information-rich, but at a certain point it becomes very clear that strausbaugh's conclusion is twofold: that creole culture is inherently superior to the cultures that the creole draws from, mainly due to being more interesting and more fun, and that humor through offensive caricature, despite the problems, is fine, fine, finee problem with both [...]

    5. Robin

      Every once in a while, I find myself carrying around a book you don't want to have to explain on public transportation If you are reading this review, I have to guess you are either on my friend list, or you are trying to suss out minstrel theater's trajectory from most popular American art form to national shame and taboo -- and how could that have taken so long? John Strausbaugh tries to answer questions like these, drawing a larger picture of theatrical "ethnic caricatures" of all types, incl [...]

    6. Nahliah

      Overall it was good. Provided nice historical background for the minstrel show and cultural swapping in America. The author's argument is that the swapping of cultures is what makes American culture what it is. He also suggests that the minstrel show was the first form of pop culture in the United States and he subtley relates the early uses of minstrelsy to contemporary hip- hop. (Read for yourself I don't want to spoil it for you). He's goes a little too far by suggesting that because American [...]

    7. Eric

      Came upon this at Powell's Books and it looked interestingUpdate: O.K. I'm done with this little ditty and the intellectual dust still has not settled in my mind. At first I was offended at some gay white Jewish dude, (I’m thinking Jewish from his last name, not because he details a great history of "Black Face" culture. But because he basically calls all communities including the Black Community as being "politically correct", until I ended up agreeing with him for the most part. I still thin [...]

    8. Steve

      In short, this book is an exceptional history of what blackface and minstrelsy mean in relation to whether or not they are a racist attack or a genuine expression of love toward black people and our culture. It’s a complicated issue, and author John Strausbaugh sets the record straight with a cornucopia of verifiable facts and general info. No joke, this is the best history book I have read since I don’t don’t know when.

    9. Seán

      A collection of things about minstrelsy you already knew about: Stephen Foster, Jewish minstrels, an inescapable past, a culture's recessive gene. Still and all, not too bad.Only serious problem for me was Strausbaugh's need to inject his "Ain't multi-culturalism the silliest?" political bent into everything. Gratuitous, Johnny!

    10. Greg

      Everyone in America should read this book. I want to give it 6 stars but software prevents. Why are you still here? Go get this book.

    11. Gwendolyn Outler-nelson

      I really enjoyed this book. Thought this book was very informative. i would suggest this book to all to read. my kids are going to read it next. We had a great discussion on history & symbolism at book club meeting. A must read!!!!

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