Many Americans Think Blackface Isn’t Racist Because Many Americans Don’t Understand Racism

For the past two weeks, Virginia politics have been shaken by the discovery of a photograph featured in governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page that depicts a man in blackface and one in KKK robe. In that time, Northam has admitted to and then denied being in the photo; confessed to having worn shoe polish as part of a Michael Jackson costume the same year the photo was taken; and promised to go on a statewide listening tour while reading Ta-Nehisi Coates. His deputy attorney...

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