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min struhl

  • n  a singer of folk songs
  • n  a performer in a minstrel show
  • v  celebrate by singing, in the style of minstrels

  • Angry and desperate, Pierre proposes a minstrel show--a format "so negative, so offensive and racist" that it will prove his point about the lack of ethical or aesthetic standards .
  • To start with, says Bennett, Lincoln was a crude bigot who habitually used the N word and had an unquenchable thirst for blackface-minstrel shows and demeaning "darky" jokes.
  • Conceived by white men in the mid-1800s, minstrel shows evolved a format as rigid as a TV sitcom: performers, usually white, put on blackface makeup and offered up cakewalks, "coon.
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  • Letters to the editor
    Posted: Thursday, June 11, 1998 12:00 am | Updated: 5:20 pm, Fri Dec 16, 2011. Keep citizens informed of actionsIn my May issue of "The Minstrel Politic," I cast a questioning light on the Economic Development Corporation in Grand Island.
    June 11, 2013 - Grand Island Independent

  • Rupert Everett in Examiner.com
    He was a freak - he looked like a character from Shrek - he was black to white minstrel,Everett told the Mirror. "Jackson was crucified by the court case when he was accused of child molestation - that killed him. He personified the pain...
  • Tim Blake Nelson in Shreveport Times
    I'm really sensitive about what I call Southern minstrel movies,Nelson said. "The accents in this film are incredibly accurate to the Southwest. There are also no Confederate flags, and we have real restraint with funny bumper stickers and...
  • Richard Wright in Tampabay.com
    Focusing on the dialect, author Richard Wright complained the novel was a "minstrel-show turn that makes the white folks laugh."

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