Campaign Trail Woes: Justin Trudeau Faces Protestors Wearing Blackface

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Posted: Oct 20, 2019 5:11 PM
Campaign Trail Woes: Justin Trudeau Faces Protestors Wearing Blackface

Source: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP

Photos of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing blackface surfaced back in September. The original picture showed Trudeau with a painted brown face at an “Arabian Nights” party held by the West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver in 2001. He was teaching at the private school. 

The second picture was of Trudeau wearing blackface at a high school talent show where he performed the song, "Day-O."

And, in a third instance, a video showed Trudeau wearing blackface, waving his arms and sticking his tongue out. 

Trudeau thought the scandal was behind him but it turns out Canadian voters haven't forgotten. Protestors wearing blackface showed up at an event in Ontario on Friday, TMZ reported. They even had signs saying, "We're Aladdin Too! Orillia Blackface Club Welcomes Trudeau."

To make matters even worse for Trudeau, last week, two little girls asked him why he painted his face black.

"Um, it was something I shouldn't have done because it hurt people," he said. "It's not something you should do and that is something that I learned. It's something I didn't know back then but I know it now. And I'm sorry I hurt people."

As must as Trudeau wants to sweep this under the rug and pretend it didn't happen, it's not going to go away. He didn't just have one photo of him in blackface surface. He had two photos and a video. If he thinks voters are going to look past his past judgment, he's mistaken. And this is going to continue to bite him in the butt.