From The Washington Post:
I don’t follow Canadian politics, but when Justin’s Trudeau’s blackface scandal—or should I say multiple blackface scandals—really got me interested in Canada’s election. I’ve been aware of Trudeau fancying himself to be a champion of diversity and tolerance, and yet he dressed in blackface at least three times (and probably more) as an adult who should have known the racist implications of doing so.
My initial thought when this first broke was that he’ll probably survive. The political left, more often than not, tends not to be held accountable for such things. For example, Virginia governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, refused calls to step down despite having dressed in blackface or a KKK uniform in his 1984 yearbook for Eastern Virginia Medical School. He’s rode the storm and survived.
The question is, will Trudeau? Despite the fact that he has, on multiple occasions as an adult, dressed in racist blackface, he was endorsed by Barack Obama last week. A curious move for someone who couldn’t even come out of hiding to defend Joe Biden against accusations of racism.
- Canada election: Justin Trudeau faces the fight of his life as scandals tarnish his liberal golden-boy image
- Obama endorses Canada’s Justin Trudeau for another term in spite of blackface scandal
- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Admits Wearing ‘Clearly Racist’ Costume in Blackface, KKK Photo
- Gov. Northam refuses to step down, despite flood of calls for his resignation over racist photo