Campaigners say blackface is racist.
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A carnival in the French port of Dunkirk opened Sunday clouded by a controversy over the use of blackface after criticism from anti-racism campaigners.A poster, put up around the port before being flagged by anti-racism campaigners in December, features three men wearing blackface paint and feather headdresses.Campaigners say blackface is racist because it recalls how Africans were used as entertainment in circus shows in Europe in the 19th century and how black people were ridiculed by white actors with face paint in so-called "minstrel" shows in the U.S.Activist Louis-Georges Tin, head of the Council of French Black Associations, stressed how blackface was used to dehumanize black people as either savages or imbeciles while they were being trafficked as slaves.
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