Brownface Minstrelsy: “José Jiménez,” the Civil Rights Movement, and the legacy of racist comedy

@article{Perez2016BrownfaceM,
  title={Brownface Minstrelsy: “Jos{\'e} Jim{\'e}nez,” the Civil Rights Movement, and the legacy of racist comedy},
  author={R. Perez},
  journal={Ethnicities},
  year={2016},
  volume={16},
  pages={40 - 67}
}
  • R. Perez
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Ethnicities
This study examines US comedian Bill Dana, of Hungarian-Jewish descent, and his Latino minstrel character, “José Jiménez,” during the civil rights period. By situating Dana and Jiménez within the social and political context of Latinos in the US during the 1960s, I argue Dana’s comedy continued the tradition of racial ridicule at a time when blackface minstrelsy was increasingly unpopular: a result of contestation by African American civil rights groups. Analyzing primary sources (oral… Expand

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