Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture. Front Cover. John Strausbaugh. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, John Strausbaugh examines this phenomenon in Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture, a book. BLACK LIKE YOU. Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture. By John Strausbaugh. Tarcher/Penguin. pp.

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Strausbaugh also presents the history of the white man in Blackface, and the power of his role as an oppressor. It is not possible, in Strausbaugh’s view, to make a bright line between racist blackface and the other kind.

This is funny to the rest of the world, but at least whites feel good about themselves for a few minutes. The book Black Like You by John Strasubaugh documents the stories of African Americans that participated in black minstrely, and presents the damaging symbolic effect of their acts.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I want to give it 6 stars but software prevents. This book also exposes the hierarchy of Hollywood as a group of white men that attempt to humiliate whichever minority is least popular at the time.

I still think Came upon this at Powell’s Books and it looked interesting Update: Of course, the author purposely exaggerates, but he does have a valid point.


About The Author – John Strausbaugh

Stephen Foster, Jewish minstrels, an inescapable past, a culture’s recessive gene. Though living mostly underground, it has become uohn ultimate in shock. Wonderwoman rated it liked it Mar 08, The first thing to say about “Black Like You” is that it’s fearless.

Penguin jobn, – Political Science – pages. White people feel threatened by the idea of a black community with black leaders so they first created Blackface to portray the black man in a way that was easy to ridicule. Read it Forward Read it first. Anyone familiar with director Spike Lee’s satirical film “Bamboozled” will have a head start on the themes in Black Like You, John Strausbaugh’s take on the sordid history of blackface minstrelsy, the mongrel nature of America and related skeletons in the closet of U.

It’s also telling that I don’t remember who the black person who ztrausbaugh that song is anymore and that I love the Beatles and know all their music now.

Black Like You is an erudite and entertaining exploration of race relations in American popular culture. But sometimes the solid critical history degenerates into a mere listing of events. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

When I heard the Beatles’ version, I was highly indignant tha Incredibly fascinating book about The African slave and Black American influence on American white culture and how the two cultures are intertwined. Cultural archaeologists need to dig these up because, as the book makes clear, the past often haunts the present. Ax Me About Ebonics.


Clearly, this is a cultural phenomenon that is not easy to pin down. I thought had he done more of the research himself and came to more critical decisions it would have been a better outing. Only serious problem for me was Strausbaugh’s need to inject his “Ain’t multi-culturalism the silliest? Scene from In Dahomey.

Refresh and try again. His other books include E: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation.

Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult, and Imitation in American Popular Culture

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Following the Civil War, black performers took to minstrelsy for the rare professional opportunities it offered. Maybe they just like it. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and a Black soul singer did a cover of Hey Jude.

This book easy read, hoorah! Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 26mm Strausbaugh’s tone is scholarly, but approachable, and even challenging at times. Open Preview See a Problem? He’s goes a little too far by suggesting that because American culture is created out of the sharing of different cultures that there can be no such thing as stealing or usurping of another person’s culture.