Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been outed for wearing blackface. He now adds his name to an ever-growing list of prominent politicians and entertainers… i.e., The List of the Conspicuously Thoughtless.
Of course, that is NOT to ever suggest that excuses such as “the more the merrier” and “aw c’mon ma, everybody’s doin’ it!” should ever exonerate anyone.
The key questions:
• How the hell can anyone make it nearly two decades into the 21st century and still not comprehend how and why wearing blackface is so patently offensive?
• Who does not know that for 400 years (on the North American continent, alone), Caucasians have enslaved, lynched, whipped, beaten, raped, maimed and murdered human beings for no other reason than the melanin content of their skin.
Let’s check out Trudeau’s meet the press moment, once more…
“What I did hurt them, hurt people who shouldn’t have to face intolerance and
discrimination because of their identity. This is something I deeply, deeply regret.”
Granted… he might be sincere. But what if he’s only out to save his own political butt?
If so, that’d make Trudeau’s stated sentiments superficial… shallow… only skin-deep.