A theatrical practice like blackface could have negative effects both in the theatres and on the outside. This is since in most cases, it is the case of racial profiling and depicting other races as the inferiors. Practices such as blackface have been used to portary races such as the minority back Americans to be the lesser advantaged and also a race with bad characters and behaviors such as laziness. There is, therefore, a need to ensure that through plays and acts racial profiling and stereotyping are avoided as a measure of encouraging cohesiveness and integration between people of all diversities.
A character in a TV show who is based on stereotype is Thomas Dartmouth Rice, an actor born in New York. He developed a slave character called in “Jim Crow” in 1830. The character has quick dance moves, which involve an exaggerated African-American vernacular and buffoonish behavior. Through this character, Rice became a significant figure in the American action scenes. Through some of his performances, he tended to showcase the negative Black American behaviors, which were mostly stereotypical. I feel that in some instances, Rice’s character had negative stereotypes, where through his acting he depicted other races negatively.
The theatre of people can be used in addressing the issue of racial segregation and discrimination across the globe. Through threaten acts, then the issues of division by people due to their differences in diversity can be tackled where actors can preach on the need for cohesion and staying together despite the differences. The theater creates a platform for individuals to be reminded of the need for showing love and appreciating diversity, where differences in race can be portrayed as a strength that the humans have, where they can use the differences to prosperity rather than hate.