Blackface and 1619 Project Discussion
6.4 Minstrel Show- Cotton and Chick (WATCH)-2
Please watch this Minstrel Show from the Cotton and Chick Show which aired on television. Remember, you will be writing a discussion regarding what you see in the video later in the module so you may want to take notes.
What to look for:
*Cotton’s make-up, cloths, posture, attitude, intellect, and other personality traits
*Chick’s make-up, cloths, posture, attitude, intellect, and other personality traits
*How does Chick treat Cotton?
* What does Cotton say that is self-hating (racist) and self-deprecating and anti-Black?
*What about Cotton’s Dance at the end?
*What do you notice about the background?
CLICK HERE TO WATCH COTTON AND CHICK MINSTREL SHOW
6.7 1619 Project Ep. 3 The Birth of American Music (LISTEN) -2
Please listen to this podcast from the 1619 Podcast titled: The Birth of American Music. In this episode, a NYT critic discusses the birth of American pop music, and its ties to Jim Crow, the minstrelsy, and Black culture.
1619 Project Episode 3Links to an external site.
What to look for:
*What example (artists) does the host say you can hear Black music the most, when he is chopping vegetables?
*What is the story of Jim Crow? Hint: Jump Jim Crow. And how did it evolve and become so popular?
*What does he have to say about Blackface, and the conversation of American theater from European style operas to the new minstrelsy?
*How does he attempt tp make the connection between the minstrelsy to current American music?
1st main objective Blackface and 1619 Project Discussion
Go back to Module 6.4 and 6.7 on the Cotton and Chick minstrel show and the 1619 Project Episode three The Birth of American Music. In four paragraphs total, (2 each) you will need to address the following questions in order to receive full credit.
Note: If you do not cite examples from the material for the questions, you will not receive credit
First 2 paragraphs (Cotton and Chick)
1) What is occurring in this sketch? It should e a short summary of what happens.
2) How does Chick treat Cotton, and how does Cotton treat himself? Meaning, how does Cotton speak about himself and his Blackness?
3) What are some of Cotton character traits? How does he speak, how is his posture, and how does he interact with Chick?
4) What are some of Cotton’s physical characteristics? How is his make-up, cloths, eyes, lips done? Why is it done like that? What about his dancing?
5) What do you notice about the people in the background?
Second 2 paragraphs (1619 Project)
1) Give a brief summary of the episode. What two artists does he say made him think about Black music when he is chopping vegetables?
2) What is the story of Jim Crow as a song and character in accordance to Thomas Rice? How did it help create a unique form of American theater and culture?
3) How does this evolve into Black music, and then American pop music co-opted by white Americans?
2nd main objective The Case for Reparations Lecture (DISCUSSION)
Answer the following five questions individually. You can even copy and past the question and write them under if you’d like. Each question must be two paragraphs each.
1) Summarize Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lecture “The Case for Reparations” 2017 Zengerle Lecture. This can be found and viewed in module 6.6
2) What were his childhood worries? What does that have to do with school success, and how one views the world, or as he put it, “Sitcom America.”
3) Go back to “Coastes Opening statement to Congress” What did you think about the points he made? Were they valid? If so, which points were particularly strong? If not, choose a point and dissect why it was not strong.
4) What are your thoughts on articles in Redlining in San Diego? How did it help expand your understanding of the city? What differences can you noticed in different neighborhoods throughout the city?