Brownface, Blackface Photos cause scandal for Trudeau

TORONTO (AP) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's campaign was postponed after a yearbook to stem a growing scandal on Thursday In 2001, he appeared at a brown-faced costume party, and two other similar incidents also became known. After the election in a month, he apologized and asked the Canadians to forgive him. Time Magazine published the photo on Wednesday, saying it was taken from the yearbook of West Point Gray Academy, a British Columbia private school where Trudeau worked as a teacher before she joined politics. It shows the then 29-year-old Trudeau in turban and robe with dark make-up on hands, face and neck. Trudeau, who started his re-election campaign a week ago, said he should have known better. I'm mad at me. I'm disappointed in myself, he told reporters in his campaign plane. He's the latest in a series of politicians who get into trouble because of racist-looking photos and actions from younger years. Earlier this year, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam faced severe resignation after a racist image of his 1984 medical journal page appeared. He denied being in the picture, but admitted to wearing a black face as a young man when portraying Michael Jackson at a dance party in the 1980s. Since then, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has recognized the importance of blackface in college, and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has apologized more than 50 years ago for putting on blackface during a college sketch. Nobody has resigned. The photo of Trudeau was taken at the school's annual dinner, which this year featured Arabic Nights, Trudeau said, adding that he was disguised as a character of Aladdin. The Prime Minister said it was not the first time he had dimmed his face. He said he once did it while performing a version of Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat Song (Day-O) during a talent show. I should have known better, but I did not and I'm very sorry, Trudeau said. I'll ask the Canadians to forgive me for what I did. I should not have done that. I take responsibility for it. Global News also reported on a third instance who sent a short video of Trudeau in black as he raised his hands in the air and stuck his tongue out. The Canadian television station said it was not clear when and where the tape was made. The excitement could mean even more trouble for Trudeau. According to polls, Trudeau faces a serious challenge from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer in the October 21 election. The Prime Minister is committed to diversity, multiculturalism and immigration, and has been admired by liberals around the world for his policies in the Trump era. Canada has received more refugees than the US. His liberal government has also strongly advocated free trade and legalized cannabis. However, the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's 47-year-old son was already vulnerable after one of the biggest scandals in Canadian political history, when Trudeau's former Attorney General stated that he had unjustly pressured her to stop prosecuting a company in Quebec. Trudeau has said that he is campaigning for jobs, but the scandal has shaken the government and led to a resignation and a decline in its ratings earlier this year. His quick apology for the yearbook photo was not the critique of political opponents. It is an insult. Every time we hear examples of brown or black face, someone is ridiculed by what he lives and experiences. I think he has to answer for that, said Jagmeet Singh, leader of the left-wing new Democrats. a sikh wearing a turban. Scheer, the Conservative leader, said Brownface was racist in 2001 and racist in 2019. What Canadians saw tonight was someone with a total lack of judgment and integrity and someone who is unable to govern this country, Scheer said. Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, said he was stunned by the development. We just have to see how the party reacts, he said. I am very curious how Liberal MPs who are black will react. He added: It has never been conclusively established that Justin is a person of substance. I mean, he likes it. But this impression is just not out there. Nelson Wiseman, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, said he does not believe that the photo will cause people to vote differently. Wiseman said that race and blackface play a much bigger role in US politics than in Canada. This is not a scandal that drives voters to conservatives, he said. This story was not edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed subscribed by us. (This story was not edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed subscribed by us.)