Panel: Racism And The Lingering Legacy Of Minstrelsy

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Panel: Racism And The Lingering Legacy Of Minstrelsy
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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?

Join Crosscut and Spectrum Dance Theater along with panelist Donald Byrd, Louis Chude-Sokei, and Zola Mumfordon on June 14th for a discussion that embraces this uneasiness by talking about Racism and The Lingering Legacy of Minstrelsy.

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.

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 panel is made possible by Spectrum Dance Theater, Crosscut and Ranier Valley Historical Society. This event is part of the Dismantling Racism Series made possible by Rainier Valley Historical Society, SEEDArts and South Seattle Emerald.
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By: Crosscut

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