A&M Africana studies coordinator: Why blackface keeps happening, despite backlash

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Calls to resign continue for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam after he admitted to wearing blackface in the early 1980s.

Now, more and more instances of politicians engaging in blackface are surfacing.

Blackface isn't new, and neither is receiving backlash for donning it. So why does it keep happening?

Michael Collins is the coordinator of the Texas A&M Department of Africana Studies. He sat down on First News at Four to explain in a historical and political context why blackface is a problem.

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