Trudeau Responds to Criticism

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is fighting back after photos of him in blackface and brownface emerged. The first photo was release in Time, showing Trudeau in 2001 during an “Arabian Nights” party. He was 29 years old and was teaching at a private school. Since then, Trudeau admitted that he didn’t remember how many times he worse black or brown face make-up.

The article describes Trudeau’s reaction:

“I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better and I didn’t. I’m really sorry.” When asked if he thought the photograph was racist, he said, “Yes it was. I didn’t consider it racist at the time, but now we know better.”

Trudeau also apologized in a press conference. Within a day, Trudeau announced new gun control legislation, which The Guardian calls trying “to shift focus.” 

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  • Once again, why is blackface or brownface offensive?

  • How forgiving are you of Trudeau’s behavior? Should he resign?

  • Analyze his video and response to questions. How did he handle the questions?

  • What’s your view of Trudeau’s quick response: announcing new gun legislation? Is he smart, shrewd, shirking, or something else?