Long before Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in trouble for wearing blackface, lots of politicians from all walks of life were caught in similar situations.
Blackface dates to nearly 200 years, when white performers darkened their faces with polish to mock enslaved Africans in minstrel shows. These displays depicted black people as lazy, ignorant, cowardly or hypersexual. It was racist and offensive then and still is today.
A lot of regular people have made headlines for blackface — too many to name — so we’ll focus on the ones involving lawmakers.
Blackface depictions are not always limited to the United States and Canada.
We will continue to update this list because, unfortunately, this will very likely keep happening.