Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture. Front Cover. John Strausbaugh. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, John Strausbaugh examines this phenomenon in Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture, a book. BLACK LIKE YOU. Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture. By John Strausbaugh. Tarcher/Penguin. pp.
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Forgotten history repeats itself. The chapters on music and hip-hop would appeal to most students.
Sold by Mommy’s Book and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. The power of blackface to engender mortification and rage in Americans to this day is reason enough to examine what it tells us about our culture and ourselves.
The stgausbaugh mostly brings to light events or decisions that has made such an offensive, obvious, and humiliating stage show possible.
Africans at the St Louis Worlds Fair. John Strausbaugh Limited preview – About Black Like You A refreshingly clearheaded and taboo-breaking look at race relations reveals that American culture is neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix-a mongrel.
It is hard to say to what extent Knipp represents 21st American popular culture. Strausbaugh enlivens themes that are rarely discussed in public, let alone with blsck candor and vision: Jan 09, Steve rated it it was amazing.
Return to Book Page. Utopia does not seem possible in the picture of the world Strausbaugh presents. A refreshingly clearheaded and taboo-breaking look at race relations reveals that American culture is neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix-a mongrel. It is neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix-a mongrel. Of the two, the white character is a vicious portrayal, a pillpopping Southern dimwit; while Shirley Luke. In the first chapter, he condemns both “nativist” and “multiculturalist” views as gross misunderstandings of American cultural development.
Its impact and descendants-including Black performers in “whiteface”-can be seen all around us today.
Customers who bought this item also bought. Black Like You begins by painting a picture of Blackface in the 21st century, and traces back the history of the racist tradition all the way back to European colonists mocking powerful Zulu warriors.
This book is essentially about culture, and it is a strausbwugh accessible read.
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Though it contains many gape inducing cultural revelations, the book feels uneven, inconclusive, and sometimes indecisive. Birth of an Industry: Blacl is important to add that this analysis of the author’s credibility is entirely original, though it was tempting to copy the jacket blurb. Queer People of the World: From inside the book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Open Preview See a Problem?
Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult, and Imitation in American Popular Culture
Yackety Yack, Don’t Talk Black: Everyone in America should read this book. Sadly, African American and Hispanics are almost exclusively portrayed as criminals in the media. Near the beginning of Black Like You, Strausbaugh lines up the nativists — arguing “that American culture was and always had been the culture the first Europeans had brought with them across the Atlantic” — against the multiculturalists, who subscribe to the melting pot theory and rally “against the evil, imperialist, genocidal, sexist, racist, homophobic, exclusionist culture the Founding Fathers brought with them and transplanted here.
The most shocking revelation is that blackface remains alive in the 21st century. Dec 21, Barbikat60 rated it it was amazing. There were black minstrel performers, and in fact at some points they were predominant, and black blackface minstrel shows outlasted the white blackface.
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Some blackfacing was viciously racist, some not so much, and maybe some not at all. Americans of color will likely shrug their shoulders at this, an observation they have long taken for granted.
Darius James, author of Negrophobia, and Afircan-American historian contributes to the book and wrote the lioe. John Strausbaugh tries to answer questions like these, drawing a larger picture of theatrical “ethnic caricatures” of all types, i Every once in a while, I find myself carrying around a book you don’t want to have to explain on public transportation S through the lens of entertainment.
In Ernest Liie incorporated ragtime into the minstrel format with his “All Coons Look Alike to Me,” creating the offshoot of “coon songs.
Though Strausbaugh doesn’t wholeheartedly excuse the harsher aspects of blackface, this is typical of his stance in Black Like You.