What are we doing in blackface?

By Caleb Cluff
Updated February 1 2016 - 2:40am, first published January 31 2016 - 11:18pm

In the case of two young Ballarat men appearing on social media in blackface, and the inevitable outcry as to whether it was inappropriate, insensitive or ‘just a bit of fun’, it might be worthwhile to look back on some previous episodes of the practice in Australian history, both recent and historical, and reflect on why we think it’s funny. Or not.

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