Ethnic Notions: “Minstrel Shows”

By: Caison Gray

These Minstrel Shows, in the documentary, were seen as a “door way to opportunity.” However, these shows seemed to provide little opportunity, besides little monetary compensation. For the most part, these shows only worsened the status of the black population.

Why would members of the black population volunteer to participate in these degrading shows? The performers were not forced to participate, they chose to. Therefore, the performers volunteered to humiliate themselves in such a demeaning context.

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