People of color angry, not surprised, by blackface scandal

DETROIT (AP) — From police shootings of black men, to white supremacy rallies and the removal Confederate Civil War monuments, the nation seems to lurch from one racial controversy to another. The latest is blackface.

Many people of color are angry and frustrated, but not surprised.

Florida’s secretary of state resigned after a blackface photo surfaced. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is dealing with a similar scandal after a photo printed in his medical school yearbook showed a person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he wore blackface too.

Black Detroit barber Thomas Carter says “hate is taught” and people are not born “racist.” He adds that the politics of race and blackface are discussed daily in the shop where he works.

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