Blackface: A cultural history of a racist art form

by: CBS Sunday Morning     Published on: 28 October 2018

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With the recent controversy over Megyn Kelley's remarks in which she questioned why wearing blackface on Halloween was offensive, "Sunday Morning" contributor and WCBS anchor Maurice DuBois looks at the long and complex history of white (and even black) performers painting their faces black. For more than 100 years, minstrel shows were a popular form of entertainment on stage and film, reducing an entire race of people to stereotypes. DuBois speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson, and with Eric Lott, cultural historian and professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, about the complicated history of a racist theatrical form.Subscribe to the "CBS Sunday Morning" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20gXwJTGet more of "CBS Sunday Morning" HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlMmAzFollow "CBS Sunday Morning" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/23XunIhLike "CBS Sunday Morning" on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1UUe0pYFollow "CBS Sunday Morning" on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1RquoQbFollow "CBS Sunday Morning" on Google+ HERE: http://bit.ly/1O3jk4xGet the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7TGet your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B---"CBS Sunday Morning" features stories on the arts, music, nature, entertainment, sports, history, science, Americana and highlights unique human accomplishments and achievements. Check local listings for CBS Sunday Morning broadcast times.