Now that the Broadway musical's producers are pushing for a revival just in time for the Tonys, somebody needs to say it: Never mind those much maligned minstrel references … it just isn't very good.
Black conservatives like to dismiss criticism from more left-leaning blacks as "they won't let us have our own opinions." But black folks are open to divergent thought -- as long as they know you care about the same things they do.
Too many African Americans just shake their heads when they run into racism. Let's try protesting, writing letters, organizing a boycott, making phone calls -- anything except sitting on our butts.
The Scottsboro Boys musical, Tyler Perry and rappers have all been accused of promoting modern-day minstrelsy. But with real minstrel shows long gone, can't black performers act dopey these days without an outcry?