The use of white people as props for other races was prevalent in the past. Especially in Vaudeville and Hollywood. They called song and dance people that wore black on their bodies "minstrels". And it was all over the country and even in Paris and other continental countries. My personal opinion is it is simply a acting gig and should not be taken seriously as "racist".
|Al Jolson early 20th century singer|
Hollywood used white people, Katherine Hepburn, to play Chinese in The Good Earth. Al Jolson used black face for his famous song Mammy! Now we see these acts as something differnet with a contemporary meaning that was not in it's original meaning. So we have to debate it. Today we saw that "The View" nutcase, Joy Behar, was in blackface. Jimmy Kimmela nd others in current day Hollywood have done it. Mostly for humor. The Wayan brothers, black comedians, did a movie where they became white chicks! Tootsie had Dustin Hoffman become a female and Robin Williams was "Mrs Doubfire. Were these wrong or just funny?
Personally after listening and watching all the yappers on this issue I say I really don't care. People mock and make fun of each other all the time and this is one of those ways. As long as it is not personal, I don't see why there is a problem. I understand that Hollywood and the TV movies try to get those minority actors to play their own ethnicity now and that is fine. But those acts from the past should just be shrugged off and let's move on.
Northum in Virginia though should resign and not because he may have been in blackface. I have changed my mind about that. He should resign for lying about it. And for his infanticide position on babies.