The Minstrel: Paper Bags and Performative Blackness

(Pictured are a few of my ancestors. I included this because I do understand there are varying shades of black and copyright laws prevent me from providing a photo of the comedian in question.)

What is a minstrel? When I google “blackface” (which I did prior to writing this and only scrolled down half the page before almost losing my eyesight to the back of my own head) there…