McNeill Franklin- “Ethnic Notions”

In the documentary, “Ethnic Notions,” I decided to pay close attention to the section we already watched in class, about the minstrel shows, which proposed these observations:

Why would members of the black population humiliate and demote their status to one of complete degradation? They were not enslaved when these films were shot- and were not forced to do this… so why get volunteer yourself to publically demote your status like that?

These shows were described as a “doorway to opportunity.” What is this opportunity? One to get out of hunger, or an opportunity to plummet your status lower than it already is?

Minstrel shows were continued to be performed until the late 1970s. People could even consider other things to be compared to minstrel shows today. This awful and depressing history could still be continuing.

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