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Shadracks

by Nicholas Sammond

This short routine by the African American blackface minstrels Miller and Lee, in the 1943 film Stormy Weather, demonstrates that minstrelsy required blacking up, even for people already considered black. This is the stereotype resting uneasily on top of the body. Note the use of indefinite speech as a verbal performance and an act of signification. Compare to a similar routine from Spike Lee's Bamboozled (2000).

Shadracks

Blackface minstrels Miller and Lee perform indefinite speech.

from Stormy Weather (1943)
Creator: 20th Century Fox
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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