2013: It’s Time To Talk About Mummers in Blackface
From the outside looking in, you’d think every Philadelphian was a proud supporter of the glittered and feathered pageant known as the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade. But you’d be wrong.
Mummers in blackface has a complicated history in a racially complicated city within a racially complicated country. That said, today’s parade makes it quite simple: it’s time to have a serious conversation about mummery and the way participants choose to represent other ethnicities and races without hiding behind the cop-out of “But it’s tradition!”