I should have known that blackface isn't portrayal but ridicule.
After 69 years of life experience, even in a white bubble, I should have known. After working in public mental health for 38 years, exposed to a variety of cultures and seeing many people marginalized, stigmatized and ostracized, I should have known. After a Jesuit secondary education, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a concerted effort to this day to stay informed, I should have known.
But I didn't.
I thought there was something unseemly about blackface. I never wore it nor wanted to, but I didn't truly appreciate its power to hurt. Then one day last October, NBC's Megyn Kelly defended blackface...