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Another colleague, Craig Melvin, pointed out that “Jim Crow,” the term used to describe the racist laws that kept the country segregated, came from a minstrel show in the 80s. “The fact is a lot of folks don’t realize that Jim Crow, short hand for the racist laws that existed in this country for much of the last century, especially in the deep south, the term Jim Crow came from a minstrel show in the 1830s,” Melvin said. “It was an opportunity for us to learn more about blackface, but I think a lot of people knew about blackface before yesterday.” And honestly, Kelly should have known way better. As such a prominent figure in news and on television, her statements were alarming at best and dangerous at worst. This isn’t the first Halloween where blackface as a costume has been widely discussed and criticized, and it won’t be the last one either apparently, since people like Megyn Kelly apparently think it’s still okay to voice that it is “okay” to mock black people…as long as you’re in costume.
Al Roker on Megyn Kelly’s blackface apology: “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history going back to the 1830s. Minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.” pic.twitter.com/nt7YhCRU18— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 24, 2018