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Race, Guilt and Innocence: Facing Blackfacing in Contemporary German Theater  

Source: project Muse Author: Katrin Sieg Abstract In the spring of 2012, the use of blackface/blackfacing in German theater, long an unremarked-upon practice, became the object of public protest, and prompted heated debates about the politics of race and representation. Through a discussion of the Deutsches Theater’s production of Unschuld (Innocence) by Dea Loher, which stirred…

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ENPAD condemns the police brutality against Black persons in Cova da Moura, Lisbon

The European Network of People of African Descent (ENPAD) condemns the police brutality against Black persons in Cova da Moura, Lisbon   In the light of the recent and recurring events of police brutality against Black people in European countries, the United States and beyond, Portuguese police have now added to this structural violence. During…

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Parliament Debates Ending Holland’s Christmas Blackface Tradition

Since the 1800s, every Christmas, Zwarte Piets (Black Petes)—depicted by white Dutch people in blackface—parade through cities and towns throughout the Netherlands. Last week, the European Parliament debated whether the Zwarte Piet tradition promotes racist stereotypes. Mitchell Esajas, chairman of the New Urban Collective, a network of youth from diverse cultural backgrounds, spoke at the…

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Video: Our Colonial Hangover, documentary by Sunny Bergman about the Zwarte Piet tradition

Our Colonial Hangover analyzes the debate surrounding the racist component of the Dutch Black Pete character. Although the debate always heats up around the time of the Saint Nicholas celebrations every December, it reached an unprecedented level of ferocity in 2013. Black Pete is the black-faced assistant to that generous friend of children Saint Nicholas.…

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