Cantor

Cantor

This 1920s image shows comedian Eddie Cantor wearing blackface while performing “If You Knew Susie.” Historically, blackface emerged in the mid-19th century, representing a combination of put-down, fear and morbid fascination with black culture. Among the most prominent examples: Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. Today, there’s a fine line between mockery and tribute. (AP Photo, File)