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Panel: Racism and the Lingering Legacy of Minstrelsy


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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When you see a group of young black men approaching you on the street, what is your reaction and what are your assumptions? Are they just another group of Seattle techies?  Or something more ominous?
The legacy of Minstrelsy still persists in the ethos of the 21st century America. We don’t call it that because most of us don’t know that’s the source of modern black stereotyping aka racial profiling aka race coding. We don’t know that it all began with the 19th century minstrel shows. Even if one knows this fact, we don’t talk about it, and we certainly try not to think about it. We feel uncomfortable when we do. Seattleites don’t like to be uncomfortable.  Join Crosscut and Spectrum Dance Theater for a panel discussion that embraces this uneasiness by talking about Racism and The Lingering Legacy of Minstrelsy.
When: Monday, June 13, 2016
Where: Rainier Arts Center, 3515 South Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98118 
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
The event is free and open to the public. Guests can RSVP via the events Eventbrite page
The panel discussion hopes to provide insights into choreographer/director Donald Byrd’s provocative and critically acclaimed The Minstrel Show Revisited, which will perform June 16-19 at Cornish Playhouse. The Minstrel Show Revisited takes you into the surreal, anger inducing and contradictory world of minstrelsy. This production presents as well as critiques the 19th century black-faced entertainment genre while unmasking its connection to the slayings of young black men like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and others over the past two years.
This event is in partnership Spectrum Dance Theater and Rainier Arts Center.
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