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How to handle blackface in 2022

Shaun Nelms and Mercedes Phelan on "Connections."
Emmarae Stein
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WXXI News
Shaun Nelms and Mercedes Phelan on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, November 7, 2022.
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The Webster Central School District has reached out to students and parents after several white students showed up to a recent football game wearing blackface. Blackface has a long and deeply racist history in this country; it's used to dehumanize and mock Black people. The district has declined to join this conversation.

Our guests discuss how to handle blackface in 2022.

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."