Within 24 hours, three photos of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing blackface emerged. One of the images revealed Trudeau wearing a costume in blackface where he was at an “Arabian Nights” gala which occurred in 2001.
The media was swift to push this scandal under the rug and showed determination to try and salvage the Prime Minister’s reputation. Instead of calling it what it was, Trudeau wearing blackface, media headlines read in part “wearing dark makeup” and “brownface for costume parties.”
Trudeau certainly is not the first liberal to engage in seemingly racist blackface activities and still continue to hold office.
Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was found to have dressed in blackface. A yearbook photo confirmed Northam wore blackface and stood next to another person dressed in a KKK white robe and hood. He apologized initially for being in the picture but later on retracted his confession and said he did not think it was him in the photo. Northam did, however, completely admit to blackening his face to dress up as Michael Jackson in the 1980s.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also was outed as a perpetrator of wearing blackface in the 1980s. Both men fought off calls for resignation over their actions.
Trudeau is known for his “woke” progressivism and criticism of conservative principles. His zealously for being politically correct has come back to bite him.
During a town hall event in February, Trudeau interrupted a woman and told her to say “peoplekind” instead of “mankind.” He said, “We like to say ‘peoplekind,’ not necessarily ‘mankind’ because it’s more inclusive.”
Like many who embrace the political correctness culture, Trudeau used his political position to increase offense where none exists. Stirring the pot of divisiveness through political correctness rhetoric seems to be his motive of operation.
The common thing among most politicians, refusing to accept accountability for one’s actions, did not escape Trudeau. Instead of owning up to his behavior made the excuse that his “privilege gave him a blind spot” when it came to the issue. It seems quite hard to believe that a man with so much political correctness practice under his belt lacked so much common sense that he was just ignorant about such things.
He can’t use age as a factor of a possible youthful indiscretion seeing as he was almost 30-years-old at the time of the picture.
When a blackface incident occurs, shouldn’t there be an objective standard of how it is dealt with when it comes to those in political power? Well, of course, there should, but that does not mean it will happen.
In 2018, Megyn Kelly was fired from NBC after she asked a question about Halloween costumes. Kelly suggested that using blackface and whiteface could be expectable when done in specific ways. The comment that got her booted was when she said it was “OK when I was a kid as long as you were dressing like a character.”
Kelly was swiftly fired and condemned for such remarks even after she heartily apologized.
CNN’s Don Lemon’s comments on Kelly versus that of Trudeau were starkly different and showed tremendous hypocrisy by the news host.
In response to Kelly, Lemon said, “There has never been a time in her 47 years that blackface has been acceptable. I wonder how much diversity she has on her staff. I don’t know, I’m not there, but I would imagine there is not a lot.”
He went on and added, “This is what people of the larger culture don’t understand about racism and about privilege.”
Instead of having a similar reaction to Trudeau actually wearing blackface, Lemon stood up for him and took it as an opportunity to demean President Trump. “Wow, a leader apologizing. It seems odd, doesn’t it? I mean, because we have one who doesn’t.”
He went on to say that Trudeau did not believe what he did was racist at the time, but now he knows better.
Let us review the facts. Megyn Kelly, T.V. host, does not dress up in blackface. She commented about the possible acceptability of using dark makeup as a way to dress up as a character one admires for Halloween. Her career, reputation, and livelihood were stripped from her. The media circulated with this story and top Democrats took turns condemning her publically.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, dresses in blackface at least three times. He still holds office and the media is not just silent but defending his actions.
Just for a moment, let us step back for a second and imagine a hypothetical scenario. Let us pretend that there was a single picture of President Trump in “dark makeup” that emerged. It is fair to assume that sheer hysteria would break loose and impeachment would be all be guaranteed. Riots and protests would litter the streets.
If the President gets a spray tan that is a little too dark, it does not seem too far-fetched at this point that the left would hang him out to dry as a proponent of blackface.
Am I shocked that another leftist hypocrite has engaged in racist actions? No.
Am I surprised that the media refuses to report on such topics fairly? Once again, no.
Despite his actions, a new poll shows that his electability is still quite good. Through an Abacus Data’s survey, it should 76 percent of the Canadians who were interviewed did not care that their prime minister wore blackface.
Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes people do things that they look back on and regret. No matter one’s political affiliation, skin color, or gender, no one is perfect. The issue is that when it comes to conservatives making mistakes, the price they pay is much higher than those who are on the left.
Trudeau’s beliefs on climate change, abortion, and other issues have the left willing to back anything he does to retain power. If you are a fellow liberal, you can’t be racist. That is how it works.
Lesson learned: you can be racially insensitive, but only if you are a leftist public figure.