"Blackface Senior Photo" - 1983-1984, page 58, La Encina

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Title

"Blackface Senior Photo" - 1983-1984, page 58, La Encina

Description

In the 1983-1984 La Encina Yearbook, there is a section for candid and event photos of the Senior class. Pictured in this photo (on page 58), are three senior students in blackface and dressed as Tito, Michael, and Jermaine of the Jackson 5. The choice to publish this photo in the official La Encina year book is an important decision that illustrates the campus climate for diversity issues on campus. While the context or intent of the photo is not known, the conscious decision to include it is a tangible choice. La Encina, despite being a student-led production, serves as an official product of Occidental College and the messages it seeks to promote. The image elicits questions as to what the discourse was around blackface in the 80s. Similar images are not found in later editions, which signals that perhaps this images' placement in the 80s marks a period of transition in diversity discourse.

Creator

[unknown]

Source

Occidental College Special Collections & College Archives

Date

1984

Contributor

Nancy Nguyen

Rights

Property rights reside with Occidental College Library. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Format

Year book, photograph

Type

Still image

Rights Holder

Occidental College

Entity

CTSJ 320 Culture and Community

Citation

[unknown], “"Blackface Senior Photo" - 1983-1984, page 58, La Encina,” History of Equity and Diversity at Occidental, accessed November 14, 2019, https://oxyequitydiversity2014.omeka.net/items/show/66.