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Justin Trudeau blackface controversy: Here’s what we know

WASHINGTON–Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s re-election campaign was rocked again Thursday as he issued a second apology after another instance of him in dark makeup was reported by the media. After a second picture and a video emerged of him wearing blackface, the Canadian politician asked for forgiveness. 

At a campaign appearance in Winnipeg on Thursday, he apologized — his second apology in as many days — and added that “Darkening your face is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface. I should have understood that then, and I never should have done it.”

Trudeau said he acknowledges that he “came from a place of privilege, but I now need to acknowledge that comes with a massive blind spot.”

He then admitted that he did not know how many times he had put on dark makeup. “I am wary of, of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out I had not remembered.”

He also tweeted Thursday: “What I did was hurtful to people who live with intolerance and discrimination every day. I recognize that, and I take full responsibility for it. I know that I let a lot of people down with that choice, and I am deeply sorry.”




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