To be fair, the people doing this seem to be outside the Anglosphere and don’t understand the cultural significance of this in the Atlanticist world.
By Carly Stern
- Several Instagrammers have shared photos of themselves in black and brown makeup accompanied by anti-racism captions
- The Instagram users are from all over the world, including the UAE, Lebanon, Philippines, Germany, Poland, Algeria, and Turkey
- When called out, several – including Lebanese singer Tania Saleh – have gone on the defensive; only a couple have apologized
- Blackface originated with minstrel shows in the 1830s, which used characters portraying negative black stereotypes
- The characters strengthened racism and helped ‘codify whiteness’ in the US