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 essay.
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
Very insightful piece by on the different, um, shades of blackface. (h/t )
.⁦⁩: ‘Can we not instead acknowledge gradations, the layered kind of communication we call wit?’ Mark Herring and the Grey Zones of Blackface - The Atlantic