To me, this shines light on where America is in its multicultural growth curve. Hopefully SNL gets it now, that it is NOT okay to do blackface skits, for the same reason it really isn't okay for any of us to do this. I'm sure they do, but SNL has certainly taken the low road for two reasons: for making fun of VA politicians for doing what they did, repeatedly, and for not having the class to own up to their own racist legacy in this regard.
Which sounds all too familiar to me at this point. Rather than grow up, own up and move on, SNL takes the low road.
My recent exchange here with a conservative poster (conservative, I think), reminds me of another thing: How I had never really reflected no blackface until it became an issue. I grew up in lilly-white surroundings and had only seen glimpses of blackface on TV. And that's my point...
It is one thing to do this kind of shit without realizing how it affects other people - that is clearly what has gone on with a lot of white Americans and Canadians. Now that I am alerted to how offensive this is, it has become unthinkable for me to even joke about.
Once a realization like this occurs there are two ways to go. One can either continue the behavior, either impervious to others' feelings or not caring or hating other groups. Or, one can correct their behavior and try to be a kinder more considerate person.
When others see people doing the former, they should be called out because such persistence is a form of cyber bullying.
But really, when others see people recognizing their mistakes, and trying to be better - as I recently saw with the conservative poster - it is counter-productive to continue to condemn them or ridicule them- if one is hoping for a more sensitive world.
To not do this, is to contribute to the problem, imo. SNL did nothing to elevate the discussion last weekend, nor anything to acknowledge their own blackface legacy.