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There Is No Brownface Scandal Without Dirty Tricks

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There is no question that the behaviour depicted in past incidents by Justin Trudeau creating the "Brownface/Blackface" scandal is racist behaviour. Society changes at glacial speed and similar incidents still take place in present day. But the period of time straddling the beginning of the 21st century is not our distant past. And to his credit, Justin Trudeau said so himself when accepting responsibility for the evidence presented to an astonished global audience.

The speed with which the Liberal Party campaign acknowledged that it was Justin Trudeau in those pictures gave hint that they knew this was coming at some point. There was a strategy in place to admit, atone and try to move forward. Well, what else can you do under these circumstances? Also true to form came the firestorm about the competency of Trudeau to lead from the usual sources and many more now interested in our sleepy little election.

Why was that specific moment picked to release it? By whom for what purpose? Was it intended to show the Canadian public the inadequacies of Trudeau, or was it part of something bigger? Polling shows the highest outrage coming from CPC and PPC voters, while acceptance of the apology is high amongst People of Colour? Does that make sense? There are questions about the source nobody can find, the novice tasked with breaking this story and the veracity of its intent. There is curious commonality in the background of many people involved, most out of public view.

Amy MacPherson returns to The View Up Here to talk about her work investigating and piecing together the timeline of the Brownface Scandal that raises multiple new questions. Her excellent piece we will be discussing can be read at