Are All Instances of Blackface Alike?
Perhaps there is a difference between donning it to mock black people and donning it to resemble someone, as Mark Herring did.
I suspect many are asking: Is there a difference between brown makeup when dressing as a black person in salute & racist blacking up? Not SO long ago a lot of enlightened people spontaneously thought so, such as my progressive college comrades. I explain.
If you've been waiting for somebody to make a nuanced case that not all "blackface" is the same—or if you don't think such a case can be made—read this
The linguist John McWhorter is among our deepest explicators of language and culture. As usual, he offers incisive commentary on an issue of the day: Mark Herring and the Grey Zones of Blackface - The Atlantic
Shades Of Blackface. Atlantic headline: "Are All Instances of Blackface Alike? Perhaps there is a difference between donning it to mock black people and donning it to resemble someone, as Mark Herring did," observes
Robert A George
on the different, um, shades of blackface.
: ‘Can we not instead acknowledge gradations, the layered kind of communication we call wit?’ Mark Herring and the Grey Zones of Blackface - The Atlantic